I thought the message of this video was about “training up a child in the way he should go” but when I heard the message right before it was uploaded on the Appeal for Purity YouTube channel, the message sounded to me more like, “God gives strength to the weak.”
I guess both ways, it is true, it is important to train up a child in the word of God and it is true that God helps the weak.
I love how Proverbs 22:6 reads in NIV: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
“Start children off” – means, start “disciplining” children when they start talking and walking, not when they turn 15 or 16. This responsibility is not given to the church or to the government but to us parents. It is always good to remember this.
Our primary role as parents is not to manipulate the minds of our children so they believe what we believe or to control and decide their destiny by our strict rules and regulations but to help our kids know Christ and the word of God. The rest is God’s role.
Paul writes, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. ” (1 Corinthians 3:6-7)
Amen! Our part is to plant the word of God (the seed) in our kids’ little hearts and minds and water that seed daily with our prayers. Making that “seed” grow is God’s part.
So, I want to encourage you all parents of little kids out there to plant “the word of God” in your kids’ hearts and minds today and “water” that seed with your daily prayer. Don’t lose heart. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
Don’t say, “But I am not strong, I am weak” because God knows that you and I are weak. But guess what? You and I have a God who helps the weak. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” (Isaiah 40:29) ///