My having shared thoughts on being a mother and father it is equally important to understand what the Bible has to say on parenting. Numerous books and magazines have been published on this topic but only one matters which is the Bible.
Parents today continue to seem confused about their roles. They can be arrogant, distressed, indulgent and the list goes on nearly forever. The Bible is clear on their responsibility. They are to protect such as Moses parents did (Hebrews 11:23). That requires being careful of ALL that your child is exposed to as they develop. Being a very hands on parent.
Children are also to be taught most especially about the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:6-8). This requires being informed yourself through study and taking (not dropping off) children at church and its many ancillary activities. Furthermore the wisdom of the elders as it is passed down (Deuteronomy 4:9) and added to through a parents own life experience is to be shared with children in order that they can learn from the mistakes and experiences of others.
Correction is also a part of being a good parent. If a child is not corrected for bad behavior it may well open the door for such additional behavior and even worse. A wild horse may be beautiful to watch but unless it is broken and trained it is of little value to others. There is indeed truth in the old saying that to “spare the rod is to spoil the child”.
Finally parents are to provide for their children and not vice versa (2 Corinthians 12:14). In a world where things change so fast that the younger are needed to help the older understand is one thing but ultimately parents need to provide for their offspring. Indeed PARENTING IS A BIG RESPONSIBILITY.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Parents are to protect and provide perpetually.
DEVOTIONAL VERSES FOR TODAY: Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “Train a child in the Lord”.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord give me grace to always be a good parent.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
- What did you learn from your parent?
- To what extent should ‘the stick’ still be used?
- What wisdom can you share with a child?
- How do parents provide in a fast paced world?