Proverbs 22: Raising Your Children
Proverbs 22 provides some parenting advice that add that some people have a hard time with.
Pro 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
I say that people might have a hard time with this because evidentially, I think we all know some parents who have done the best they could to train their children, but those children have abandoned the way that they were taught.
In this case, it is important to consider the type of literature we are talking about here. If you think about a proverb, it is basically a one line piece of wisdom. It is not supposed to be a doctoral dissertation. It is not supposed to be an exhaustive examination of how to raise children to become good adults. It is a memorable phrase that teaches a general truth. It is certainly generally true that if you raise your children in the right way, they will continue on that path.
This does not cause any problems with inspiration though. It is certainly possible that Solomon was as inspired to write in this proverbial type of form as Luke was to write in the narrative form. God used Solomon to communicate in these types of sayings. We don’t need to worry that communication in this kind of general proverb threatens anything about the reliability of the Bible. We don’t even need to worry about inerrancy. We don’t need to worry because of the literary type that it is understood Solomon was inspired to write in.
Even if this proverb is not a promise, I still think it is very important for all parents to consider. You have a lot of influence over the development of your child. Certainly, they might rebel later in life, but there is no doubt that parents have an important job to do. I’m not a parent, but if you are, please take care to raise your child in the right way.