I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye – Psalm 32:8
From the time we are born, our parents are there to care for us. We don’t have to worry about anything. They provide for our basic needs. As we get older, they offer us guidance and instructions. We listen to them most of the time because we know that they want what is best for us. There are times when we want to do things our way and soon learn that our way is not best and can lead us into trouble.
Our parents God’s stewards. He entrusted them with the awesome responsibility of raising us to be godly examples to others. It is no different from the parents we read of in the Bible like Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jesse and his wife, Zechariah and Elizabeth and Joseph and Mary. Some of them made mistakes but they trusted in God to help them to raise their children.
God is our Father and like our earthly parents, He takes care of us. He provides for us, teaches and disciplines us. Moses told the children of Israel, “You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the LORD your God chastens you” (Deuteronomy 8:5). When God does this, it isn’t pleasant, of course just like when our parents spank us or punish us, it feels terrible. It’s painful but they do it because it’s necessary. They want to do away with a behavior or habit that is problematic. According to King Solomon, “He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly” (Proverbs 13:24). Although it may be painful for us, God’s chastisement is motivated by love. “For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives” (Hebrews 12:6).
Parents raise their children as best as they can. They “train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Some children turn out well while others don’t. Don’t be discouraged when you’re having problems with your child. Continue doing your best and pray. I’ve been having issues with my son lately and this morning when I was worshipping, the Lord put it in my heart to sing, What a Friend We Have in Jesus. These words spoke to me, giving me comfort and encouragement:
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged, Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Discipline is also an expression of love, although, the child might not think so at the time but in retrospect, he or she will see that their parents acted out of love and for their best interest. As parents, we are guides, teachers, disciplinarians, stewards and role models. We have to reflect God’s character if we want our children to be like Him. Parenting is a huge responsibility but it is also a blessing and a privilege.
Sources: Blue Letter Bible; Hymnal Net