I let my kids play in the busy street today. They wanted to really bad and who am I to tell them what they ought or ought not do? So I let them.
I also let my kids eat as much candy as they wanted. I told them it was bad in the long run, but they complained saying I didn’t really know what I was talking about. So I let them.
Then I let my kids out in the woods with a pack of wolves. I explained that the wolves looked soft & cute, but were actually extremely dangerous, but they said I was just being silly. So I let them.
Am I a good parent? Of course not! Those actions wouldn’t prove that I love my kids – it would prove that I don’t love them. It would be irresponsible and disqualify me as a parent.
So why do we doubt, second-guess, and complain about God’s ways?
GOD’S BOUNDARIES & GUIDANCE ARE FOR OUR GOOD, NOT HIS.
“For the Lord corrects those He loves and disciplines those He calls His own.” – Heb. 12:6 (Deut. 8:5; Psa. 94:12; Prov. 3:11)
“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” – Eph. 6:4
“Bring them up” = ektréphō – feed.
“Training” = paideía – instruction to reach maturity.
“Admonition” = nouthesía – setting the mind through God-inspired warning.
So let me sum this up:
Fathers, feed your children instruction that will mature and set their minds to God’s mind, through faith, to reach God’s solutions.
PUT GOD FIRST.
Denzel Washington’s commencement speech at Dillard University:
“Put God first. I’ve been protected. I’ve been directed. I’ve been corrected. I kept God in my life and it’s kept me humble. I didn’t always stick with Him, but He always stuck with me. So stick with Him in everything you do. If you think you want to do what you think I’ve done, then do what I’ve done and stick with God.”
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” – Prov. 3:6
Full Speech Transcript here: https://speakola.com/grad/denzel-washington-everything-i-have-is-by-the-grace-of-god-full-2015
Insights from Proverbs 22 & 23 for the 22nd and 23rd:
Kids have got to be trained. You don’t have to teach a kid to be bad; No, you have to teach them to be good. I’ve heard if you toss 1 ball in with 3 kids, you’ll immediately see 4 of the 7 deadly sins: greed, envy, wrath, and pride. Sharing is like the toughest thing to get your child (and some adults) to do, right?
The rod of discipline is necessary. Whatever that “rod” is: time-outs, taking away things for a disclosed time, and yes: spankings. Whatever it is, pick something and be consistent with it. Trust me: Your future self thanks you! (22:6 & 15, 23:13-14)
Time flies and so does money. All you have to do is look at $ and it’s gone. Solomon says your money will grow wings & fly away! (23:4-5) What’s more important is your relationship with the Lord, who will NEVER forsake you.
23:17-18 is a tender moment between a father and son. He brings his son in tight & encourages him. “It’s ok, son. God has a bright future planned for you. Chin up. Remain zealous for the Lord. He will be your hope.”
Wow. Fathers, take note.
Last thing – Solomon offers a scary image for those who like to party too much. It seems like fun, but in the end, it will bite you. It’s like sleeping on a raft in a raging sea. What a rough way to go through life! (23:29-35)
22:12 is interesting. Read it for yourself. Comment on what you think it means.
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