Children are like sponges, and what they soak up can be a wonderful thing. Young children copy their daddy’s words and mimic their mommy’s laugh. Have you ever noticed how incredibly responsive a toddler can be? You can ask them to clap their hands and they clap. You can ask them to sit down and down they’ll sit.
But there is another side to “training” up a child – and that is when they’re older. As children grow and get older, they have a tendency to become independent, self-assured, and proud. Eventually, they may even reconsider all aspects of their childhood authorities – and they may even conclude that Mom and Dad have no right to tell them what to do or what time to come home. They may begin to question the very existence of God. When this happens, it is usually acted out through rebellion. The parents look on with feelings of helplessness and blame themselves by thinking that they are somehow responsible. It may seem as though Junior has swallowed a truckload of “stupid pills” in the past few years, but take heart, parents. God is still in control!
It’s time to pray, and when Mom and Dad pray, powerful things begin to happen. A parent’s cry has a sympathetic ear with the Father in Heaven above. The Lord has promised that in time, He will again reach out to your wayward child, who may be bitter, angry, unforgiving, and cold. The Lord is at work to bring His children back to His truth.
It amazes me how many times I’ve seen broken-hearted parents begin to lift up their child in prayer, and then in time, see their son or daughter being rejected by the world and so-called friends, only to come back to wanting God and the love of their family again. If you’re a parent today in this situation, pray! If you’re a wayward child, stop running and go home; home to God and home to stay!
– Pastor Jack Hibbs, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills
Training Up a Child by Pastor Jack Hibbs, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills