Hosea 10:1-14:9 / Jude 1-25 / Psalm 127:1-5 / Proverbs 29:15-17
“The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Correct your son and He will give you REST. Yes, he will be a DELIGHT to your soul.”
This is meant to be a super encouraging verse as it gives goals for us to shoot for as parents raising children…REST and DELIGHT! Hello?! Rest and delight sound pretty good, especially on the more challenging parenting days!
Correction, teaching, training and rebuking (from a place of deep love for our children and a desire to help them grow to become the people God created them to be) are all things that require TIME and COMMITMENT on the part of parents. If we find we are too busy, overwhelmed or somehow unable to set aside the necessary time to fully focus on the SUPER IMPORTANT job God has given us (i.e. to raise up STRONG, HEALTHY children who love the Lord with all their heart, mind and strength and walk in His ways) then we may need to take a minute to check our priorities.
Is parenting a perfect science? NO. Does every child respond to the same kinds of correction and training? NO. But here’s the deal, God doesn’t give us (parents) instructions that are impossible for us to live out. In fact, the more unique and challenging certain children are, and the less they fit in the “box” of conventional parenting techniques, the more we as parents need to cry out to the Lord for help, unique strategies and fresh ideas. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “CALL OUT TO ME and I WILL SHOW YOU MARVELOUS THINGS YOU WOULD NOT KNOW ON YOUR OWN!” This is a BEAUTIFUL PROMISE…when we ask, He will show us!
Rather than throwing up our hands and walking away when parenting gets hard, we should first press into the Lord, EXPECTANTLY believing He WILL show us what to do, and then we should press into our kids like never before and fight for them with a deep love that only a parent has! As we listen to the Lord, remain focused and committed, employ the strategies He shows us, determine to not grow weary in doing good, in due season WE WILL REAP (rest and delight) If we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9)!! So great!!