Proverbs 22: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Mediation for the Day

Ben Peddicord

Proverbs 22:6

In reading through Proverbs 22, I am quickly caught by verse 6, as it is one that I often share with parents and families. As a middle school principal at a Christian school, I work very closely with children and their parents, and I have the privilege of being a part of the training of young people. I always remind parents of this verse in Proverbs, as it is a powerful reminder of their responsibility. Although a school may partner with a family, as a church or community might do the same, it is ultimately the burden of parents to train up a child in the way he or she should go. Although many of you might not have children of your own, or your children may be grown and out of your house, I am still choosing to focus on this verse as so many of you serve alongside our families either in youth or children’s ministry and are of great encouragement to our families.

Many times, this verse has been distorted to mean to simply capitalize of the natural bent or personality of a child. Some have tried to argue that this is harnessing the way a child would want to go. It is clear as we look at the context of this verse and the fact that the Hebrew word for ‘way’ has been used nearly 70 times in the book of Proverbs, that this has nothing to do with a child’s desires but everything to do with the way of God, wisdom, and righteousness. Every child is different and learns differently, but God’s Word is unchanging and is not only useful but is essential for the life of everyone (Prov. 13:24; 19:18; 22:15). We need to be reminded of the value of studying God’s Word and the necessity of growing in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18), but we also need to be reminded of sharing these essential truths with children. Children are often far more perceptive than we give them credit for, and there is such value in the growth of the church by the strengthening of our own homes. As fathers and mothers spend time in the Word together and then share with the family, the children benefit and grow. In what ways are you growing through the time you spend discussing God’s Word? Parents, what time are you taking to train your children specifically on what God’s Word says? How can this kind of intentional training impact your home?

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