“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it”
Proverbs 22:6, King Solomon of Israel…
This is a great concept, promise, principal and protocol for fathers.
Training up has the idea of a parent graciously investing in a child whatever wisdom, love, nurture, and discipline is needed for him to become fully committed to God.
It presupposes parental emotional and spiritual maturity.
“In the way that he should go”…. is to do the training according to the unique personality, gifts and aspirations of the child. the idea here is to, equip, resource and be a catalyst for your child’s gifts,, skills, and natural abilities. We must study our kids and know just what their strengths and weaknesses are.
The converse is to help the child avoid whatever natural tendencies. She might have that would prevent total commitment to God. For example… a week will, a lack of discipline, a susceptibility to depression, etc…) knowing where our kids are prone to weakness will help us to help them avoid the pitfalls of poor decision-making, lack of character, in maturity and more. This is as important as knowing their strengths and gifts and facilitating those…
The promise is that proper development with great parenting ensures the child will stay committed to God and love people… the two basics of the 10 Commandments. May we stay focused,, diligent and intentional in this key role!