The Know-It-Alls that Don’t Know MuchSeptember 1, 2009 at 7:22 am | Posted in Biblical Parenting | 12 Comments
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The Book of Proverbs is a good place to find wisdom in all areas of life, including the area of child-rearing. When parents want to know what the Bible says children should grow up to be, they should start by finding out what the Bible says children already are.
Children are simple (Proverbs 7:7), in the sense of being unwise, and – not to put too fine a point on it – simply foolish (Proverbs 8:5). The simple, foolish, and unwise are marked by a list of very fundamental things about which they are ignorant, or, in other words, things about which they do not know.
Children do not know about danger.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Children do not know about discernment.
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
Children do not know what is truly to be desired.
The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
Children do not know what is truly to be despised.
A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
Children do not know what is truly to be denied.
Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Children do not know what is truly to be devised.
He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
Children do not know what is truly to be destroyed.
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
Children do not know what truly brings disgrace.
He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
Children do not know what truly brings despair.
A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
Children do not know what causes true disrepair.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Children do not know what is truly disgusting.
A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
Children do not know what is truly deadly.
Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
Children do not know where to find direction.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Children do not know from what to depart.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Foolishness comes naturally to children. It is bound up in their hearts. Parents face a tough task in trying to extricate, from the hearts of the little ones they love so much, ignorance of all these things: danger, discernment, desire, despicability, denial, devices, destruction, disgrace, despair, disrepair, disgust, death, direction, and departing. Thankfully, the Lord has given us clear instruction on one other thing that children do not know, but that will drive the foolishness from their hearts: discipline.
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.