May 16 – The Discipline of Training

Read Proverbs 22

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 


One of the reasons we ask you to read the entire chapter before you look at the devotional thought is to put it into context. It is dangerous to pull a verse out and try to apply it without seeing the authors intent. 

Proverbs 22 is filled with disciplinary actions. The slothful man does not apply these principles and is known as a fool for allowing the details of this life to control him and his passions. Here are some of the disciplines in Proverbs 22:

  1. A prudent man foresees evil and hides from it
  2. A person who keeps his soul is far from thorns and snares
  3. A Borrower is servant to a Lender – by implication, a disciplined man is not one who borrows
  4. A disciplined man gives to the poor
  5. A slothful man says that there is a lion outside
  6. A disciplined man keeps the words of the wise


In context, we understand that foolishness is bound in the heart of a child. It takes discipline to drive that foolishness from his heart. Therefore, a disciplined man trains up his child. It is important to train him up in the right direction, but the major mistake in most homes is that a child is not trained by the dad at all. The task of training requires 1) knowing what has to be taught, and 2) study to be prepared for the teaching. 
It is true that you can’t impart what you don’t possess. If a man is to train his child, he must first be a partaker of the instruction himself. If he doesn’t know it, he can’t teach it. Neither can he teach it if he hasn’t applied it to his own life. 

These past devotions have been about family. God wants to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and He wants to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers. We learn moment by moment the instruction of the Lord, but that must then be taught to our children. We take what God has given to us and faithfully give it to our own children and grandchildren.


An Exercise to Increase my Faith:  Where do you want your kids to be in ten years? Do you know what they need to learn in order to get to that point? The heart of man studies to answer. We study to show ourselves approved of God a workman that rightly divides the Word of Truth. We also must study to know what our kids need, and what parts of the Bible will help to meet those needs. We must train them in the way that they should go. We know that way because God reveals it to us first. 


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