THIS WEEK’S PROJECT
Isaiah 8:18 (KJV) Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me [are] for signs and
for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
Trudi and I had radical conversions for Jesus when we had only been married a few months. When we had kids we were involved in children’s ministry. We both had a strong commitment to raise our kids for Jesus and put the Word of God into them. Because of that commitment, we lust assumed our children wouldn’t have some of the challenges that we did growing up.
This is the scripture we based this thinking on. Proverbs 22:6 (KJV), “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
We read this to say if we train our children properly, they will never make a mistake. We were shocked when the teenage years came and they experienced some rebellion and issues began to crop up. What happened? Did God let us down? No.
We didn’t really read this correctly. When the scripture says, “he (your child) will not depart” it doesn’t mean they won’t ever question what you’ve taught them or exhibit some rebellion. They are not robots. Your children have a free will and will make mistakes. Think the truer interpretation of the verse may mean this: if we train them for God, God will never depart from them. The training we put in them about Jesus and His Word will work on them all the days of their lives, no matter how old they are or how far away they may go.
If you have children away from God pray this over them. “But Pastor Ken, what if I didn’t train them at all? Is it over?” Never! The prayers you pray for your children will work on them all the days of their lives. Never give up and never stop believing over your children.
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