Genesis 18 - Deuteronomy 11 - Hebrews 10 - Proverbs 22:6

Train them up, a directive given by the Father. Each person has at least one gift from God; most people have more than one. God ensures there’s a key attribute to work with it. Hence, the term “God’s gift.” It’s a gift given by God in order to build His Kingdom, His church to help edify His people. As a trainer there’s a level of responsibility and accountability in our training. Trainers must acknowledge/recognize the gift from God and create an environment that nurtures that gift through the discipline and instruction of the LORD.

Observation: The scripture clearly states, “Train up a child in the WAY he should go.”

Training up a child is not limited to teaching good manners, respect, a skill set, or a craft. The training referenced in the scriptures is not just consistent of teaching, rearing, strategic guidance, molding, or the shaping of one’s character. It’s not just a generational expectation, like I was a lawyer, so he/she should be a lawyer too. It is a building and layering of a foundation, a foundation that’s able to weather the storms and challenges of life. Proper training gives the soon to be independent adult the tools to prepare for the unexpected, along with knowing the truth of Who really cares for them and wants the best for them - the one Who loves them no matter how far they stray - Jesus.

The scripture clearly states, “Train up a child in the WAY he should go”. As we mature in age, we will obtain many more life experiences through our day to day interactions with others. It is within these interactions that we each have choices to make. Our series of choices create paths and themes/patterns in our lives. And often, we are way off the path we intended, let alone the path the Lord intended. It’s amazing how adversity allows you to see and hear more clearly. Adults that have been trained with a healthy fear, and acknowledge that God is Holy and sovereign, realize that regardless of the situation and the degree of complexity, there’s a God Who is Greater. And He’s not only Greater, but a God full of compassion, love, and kindness. He’s a God Who promises to be with you always, never leaving or forsaking.

Question: Are you living life your way or God’s way? Is pride keeping you from allowing God to realign your life?

Challenge: Take a few minutes Today and reflect on some of your decisions, particularly the decisions that you never asked Him to find out if they were in His will or not. Journal them down, and pray and ask for forgiveness.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for the times I forged ahead without asking or waiting on a response from you. Help me to present my thoughts, actions, words and plans to you, and learn to wait for confirmation they are in line with Your will. Amen

Song: “King of My Heart” Steffany Gretzinger, Jeremy Riddle & Christine Rhee

Tracy Barnes

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