#DailyDevotion Saturday June 3, 2017
“Train a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)
Psychologists say that children are born with a blank mind, a state also known as tabula rasa which “refers to the epistemological idea that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that therefore all knowledge comes from experience or perception” (wikipedia). It is also said that a child’s mind is like a blank page of a book and whatever is written in it fills it. This means that what a child is fed—what a child is taught, what a child sees happen, what the child experiences is likely to form the child. Because children spent their formative years with their parents, it is important that parents must be able to appropriately guide their children in right living.
It is a biblical command for parents to train up their children holistically. I live in a community where there is a lot of outcry by parents that children are becoming rebellious and wayward. Where else at certain age children may decide for them which way to follow, sometimes the waywardness of children is a failure by some parents to have given a right start for their children. It is for this reason that the bible says; “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
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The training of children shouldn’t just be left in hands of school teachers, parents should be the primary and all-time teachers of their children. More important to Christians is the moral and spiritual aspect of bringing up a child. I usually consider Christian parents to be the first pastors and “Sunday school teachers” to their children. While delivering a charge to the Israelites, Moses tasked parents to teach their children the commandments such that it is successfully handed down from generation to generation. Moses charged Israel;
These commandments that I give you today are to be in your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and your gates (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
Don’t neglect your parental responsibility to train your child in the right way to go. As a Christian parent, I know that the faith I hold is one of the most precious things that I can pass down to my children. I know that the right way to go includes and is ultimately having faith in the Lord Jesus. This I will teach my children with the hopes that they will come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and confess him Lord and live for Christ all their lives. You have a divine responsibility to train your child[ren] in the way they should go; even when they are old they will not depart from it. It is a divine responsivity, do not neglect it. Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.