Here’s a proverb that has always encouraged me:
Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 ESV
I can hear Steve Green singing that song in my head now. My children listened to his Scripture song CD when they were little (here it is in YouTube). We only had a few Christian kids’ music CDs, but these were great.
I have many friends who were raised in Christian homes, then wandered from the Lord. But eventually, they came back. Stronger than ever. Maybe in part because they were “trained up.”
I’m not saying that everyone who strays from a Christian upbringing will return to Jesus. In fact, I don’t think that’s what this Proverb says. But it’s good to know that in many cases, the Word did not return void.
This is a tough one. Because I also have friends brought up in Christian homes who strayed. They haven’t returned to Jesus or to the way He says to live. Either one.
I think the Geneva Study Bible’s take helps here:
The Hebrew expression includes the idea of inauguration, or starting a child’s life along a particular way. That way is the way of wisdom. Tree wisdom maintains itself because it has the humility to continue learning in the way.
Any comments on the matter??
Today’s Readings: Esther 1:1-2:23, Psalm 89:38-45, Proverbs 22:5-6, Romans 2:1-29. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).