Book: Proverbs 22
“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”
What is the right path to direct children onto in a society where everyone believes and does what they want? The whole book of Proverbs is consistently and constantly answering this question, by saying “Fear the Lord.” Psalm 34:11 says, “Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord.” The most important part of training children is not music lessons, swimming lessons, sports or any other activity but “Fearing the Lord.” Children learn this through parents and other significant adults. Matthew Henry says, “Children will learn of those that are with them, either to curse and swear, or to pray and praise.”
Jesus was in the temple one day and it was clear that some parents had brought their children there. It may have been that these parents wanted their children to grow up following God. The children observed what was going on and were much quicker to respond positively than the leaders.
Matthew 21:14-16 says, “The blind and the lame came to him in the Temple, and he healed them. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But the leaders were indignant. They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.’”
The children were giving praise to God, they were “fearing the Lord.” They saw the miracles and identified them as being from God. This is the path we are to direct children onto.
Talking passionately with children about what God has done, is each parent’s and adult’s responsibility. Consider these following words that are written in Deuteronomy 11: 18-21 and ask God what children He wants you to direct onto the right path by “fearing the Lord.”
“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors.”