Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
For many of us that are familiar with the passage above, we read it not as a child, but as an adult. Consequently, the mind ascertains, though it is God’s word, but I am an adult and it does not apply to me. Herein, we read over it without giving any second thought to the passage. Or we prepare ourselves to be the one to instruct the child.
The closer we observe the verse, may we learn the ways that are presented for the blessings, as to a child and to anyone on the path of doing that which is right.
The idea of the passage is to hedged in the Child, as one would build a hedge or a fence around that which is precious to his or her family. However, protection without trust is captivity and to be hedged in without freedom is bondage.
Swaggart once wrote; what are to be fenced in must be two things: the child and the Bible. This is the way he should go.
Therein is wisdom and with wisdom comes freedom, to do that which is right while being aware of the wrong.
If these are the instructions to be given to a child for a better tomorrow, perhaps we as adults should examine ourselves. Have we stayed in the way of that which is right, or have we departed from it?
Aren’t we as children, wanting to receive, but impatience to endure? Happy today, but disgruntled tomorrow. May we examine ourselves as children of the Lord. Within our inner being, let us hold on to His words. Therein, He may show us the duties and dangers, of our actions or inaction and the blessings of the path wherewith we walk. For we are all His children, the young and the old, let us abide with Him and His Words.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
2 Corinthians 13:5
1 John 2:1