Daily Devotionals

Mix Tape Week 6 Monday

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:6

Any good caregiver knows that a child needs care beyond proper nutrition, sleep, and more. Children need guidance for life. They need to know how to treat people. They need to learn that certain behaviors are not acceptable. They need to learn kindness. As Christians, we believe that children need to learn how to live in a way that honors God. Whether we are parents, caregivers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or spiritual parents, Scripture makes it clear that one of the responsibilities we have is to guide our children spiritually

Proverbs 22:6 puts it this way, “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” This command found in Scripture is a call to parents and any adult with influence in a child’s life. We are to direct them on the right path. The English Standard Version of Scripture says it this way: “Train up a child in the way he should go.” I like this understanding of raising and leading a child because training takes hard work and dedication. It takes discipline. This kind of training, while it takes time and is not always easy, sets children up for success in the future. Now, this does not guarantee all children will grow up to be on the perfect, right path. Ultimately, it is up to the child to stay on that right path. But, it gives children the knowledge and understanding of what path to walk on, and the training to teach them how to live, both in the present and in the future.

 Who has God placed in your life to parent? Maybe this is an easy answer: your children! Maybe you have grandchildren or nieces or nephews. Maybe you have spiritual children who you mentor. Whoever God has placed in your life, take some time to think about the weight of this command in Proverbs 22:6. Is this a calling you have been taking seriously, or have you been expecting someone else to provide the guidance described in Proverbs 22? Then, take one step today to direct your children well so that they know the right path to follow.

Moving Toward Action

Think about the people God has placed in your life to parent. As you consider how important your role in their lives is, take some time right now to pray for them. This is one of the most, if not the most, important things you can do. If you want to lead well, begin by praying for them. Pray that God would guide and direct the children in your life, and He would give wisdom to you (and to them) as you seek to lead, direct, and guide them well.

Going Deeper

Proverbs 22:1-29 (NLT)

Choose a good reputation over great riches;

being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.

The rich and poor have this in common:

The Lord made them both.

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.

The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

True humility and fear of the Lord

lead to riches, honor, and long life.

Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road;

whoever values life will avoid it.

Direct your children onto the right path,

and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Just as the rich rule the poor,

so the borrower is servant to the lender.

Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster,

and their reign of terror will come to an end.

Blessed are those who are generous,

because they feed the poor.

Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too.

Quarrels and insults will disappear.

Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech

will have the king as a friend.

The Lord preserves those with knowledge,

but he ruins the plans of the treacherous.

The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there!

If I go outside, I might be killed!”

The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap;

those who make the Lord angry will fall into it.

A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness,

but physical discipline will drive it far away.

A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor

or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.

Listen to the words of the wise;

apply your heart to my instruction.

For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart

and always ready on your lips.

I am teaching you today—yes, you—

so you will trust in the Lord.

I have written thirty sayings for you,

filled with advice and knowledge.

In this way, you may know the truth

and take an accurate report to those who sent you.

Don’t rob the poor just because you can,

or exploit the needy in court.

For the Lord is their defender.

He will ruin anyone who ruins them.

Don’t befriend angry people

or associate with hot-tempered people,

or you will learn to be like them

and endanger your soul.

Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt

or put up security for someone else.

If you can’t pay it,

even your bed will be snatched from under you.

Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers

set up by previous generations.

Do you see any truly competent workers?

They will serve kings

rather than working for ordinary people.