Don’t Raise a Fool


     I’ve heard many times and I’m sure you have too people say that babies don’t come with instructions.  They are wrong, I say again wrong.  The Book of Proverbs gives wonderful instructions on how to raise a godly child.  Solomon wrote Proverbs and other than God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit he was the wisest man who ever lived.  In 2 Chronicles 1:10-11 when Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge to rule the people that God had made him king over the way God had promised David He would do.  God told him that since he had asked for wisdom and knowledge and not wealth and honor that He would give him what he asked for but He would also make him wealthier than any king before him or any king after him.

     Now isn’t that just like God to give us more than we ask for?  Jesus tells us in Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  But you must have faith.  Remember, little faith says God can, middle faith says God will and great faith says God has.  That’s why Jesus said “believe that you have received it” not that you might or you will but that it is already a done deal.  Now you might say “Well I’ve prayed and I never received what I asked for.”  James 4:3 tells us, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”  God takes great care of His children.  He provides for all our needs.  But hey that’s for another blog at another time.  You know how I am.  I love God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and it is hard to turn me off once I get started talking about Them.

    Let’s get back to the subject.  Let me tell you the difference between knowledge and wisdom according to Pastor Ken Whitten.  Knowledge knows that a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom knows better than to put it in a fruit salad.

     So you see Solomon gave us instructions on how to raise children.  In Proverbs 22:6 he tells us to “bring up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  Read the Book and see what it says.

    Solomon tells us in Proverbs 13:24 (NIV Bible) “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”  Now this does not mean to beat the living daylights out of our children.  That’s abuse and it is wrong!  It means we are to discipline our children when they do wrong.  But first we must teach them right from wrong.  I will guarantee you one thing, if you don’t discipline your kids, if you let them do anything they want to with anyone they want to and go where they want to you will raise a disrespectful FOOL!  They need a parent not another friend!  To love a child is to teach a child.  And you do have a book of instructions.  The Book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible   Pastor Ken teaches that “the Bible is the book of Heavenly instructions for earthly living.”  But like any other book of instructions if you don’t read them you can’t follow them.

     I urge you to take a look at Proverbs and ask God to give you the wisdom to understand what you read.  If you follow God’s instructions I guarantee you won’t raise a fool.  Your children will be the joy they were meant to be.

     Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time do something fun with your kids/grandkids.  Make happy memories for a rainy day. Stay safe and God bless.    


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