BOOK OF GOD'S PROMISES
J. Stephen Lang
-- You will find many promises in the Bible concerning children. Some promises
are bad: Children who go astray can be a terrible burden to bear. But other promises
are good: Children themselves are a blessing, especially if reared with discipline
and kindness. Hymn-writer John Bowring claimed that "a happy family is an earlier
Whether the family turns out good or bad is, of course, partly the
parents' own responsibility.
Children are a gift from the LORD ; they are a
reward from him. Children born to a young man are like sharp arrows in a warrior's
hands. How happy is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to
shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.
are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children.
What happens to weak-willed parents who can't -- or won't -- insist on
discipline in the home? The Bible gives a painfully realistic answer to that:
If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you don't love them; if
you love your children, you will be prompt to discipline them.
Discipline your children while there is hope. If you don't, you will ruin their
To discipline and reprimand a child produces wisdom,
but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.
your children to choose the right path, and when they are older, they will remain
Don't fail to correct your children. They won't die
if you spank them. Physical discipline may well save them from death.
Discipline is not the whole duty of parents. If they are believers, they
also have a duty to pass on their own beliefs to their children:
commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. Repeat
them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and
when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting
up again. Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead.
Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
Not all the Bible's promises are to parents. Children, too, have some words
from the Lord addressed to them. Just as the Bible promises good to people who
are thankful toward God, so it promises blessing to people grateful to their parents.
My son, obey your father's commands, and don't neglect your mother's teaching.
Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. Wherever you
walk, their counsel can lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When
you wake up in the morning, they will advise you.
For these commands and this
teaching are a lamp to light the way ahead of you. The correction of discipline
is the way to life.
Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and don't despise your mother's experience when she is old.
A wise child accepts a parent's discipline; a young mocker refuses to listen.
Only a fool despises a parent's discipline; whoever learns
from correction is wise.
Even children are known by the way
they act, whether their conduct is pure and right.
of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure it is to have wise children.
So give your parents joy! May she who gave you birth be happy. O my son, give
me your heart. May your eyes delight in my ways of wisdom.
The Book of God's Promises -- Copyright, 1999 by J.
Stephen Lang. All rights reserved, used with permission.
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