We taught our kids the Bible, but they have left God. What happened? We thought if we trained them in Godís Word, they would not depart from him. Isnít that what the Bible says?
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Prov. 22:6 NKJV)
Be careful with this verse. Donít interpret it to mean ďIf I put my kids on the right path, theyíll never leave it. If I fill them full of Scripture and Bible lessons and sermons, they may rebel, but theyíll eventually return.Ē
The proverb makes no such promise. Salvation is a work of God. Godly parents can prepare the soil and sow the seed, but God gives the growth (1 Cor. 3:6). Moms and dads soften hearts but canít control them.
Show them the path? Yes.
Force them to take it? No.
At moments in my own life I stood at the crossroads of the path and even took a few steps down the wrong one. One thing always brought me backóthat inner compass shown to me by my Christ-loving parents.
No child ever leaves Godís sight. A child may turn his back on God or try to hide from his sight. But leave Godís view? Impossible. God has his eye on every child of his.
The Holy Spirit will follow your child down every back road, every dark alley, every dead end and always remind him of the foundation of belief you showed himóthe road back home.
My wife shares this verse with the parents of prodigals. It is a good one for you: ďThe Lord says, ĎThis is my agreement with these people: My Spirit and my words that I give you will never leave you or your children or your grandchildren, now and foreveríĒ (Is. 59:21 NCV).
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