“My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth” (Proverbs 3: 11-12 KJV)
As I reviewed Proverbs chapter 3, I thought about how busy Solomon must have been at the time he wrote the most of Proverbs. Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubine. That's a lot of women, y'all! This number doesn't even include the rest of the people under his rule. Solomon built the temple that his father, King David envisioned. For him to set aside time to teach his son to fear the Lord is commendable. But, then again, isn't this what parents are supposed to be doing with their children, instructing them in the love and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4)? Instead, our kids are often running wild in the streets with pants sagging.
With the economy the way it is, people are stressed -- working two jobs, or longer hours on one job, or stressed with bills mounting as they search for work. Should that be an excuse for parents not training up their kids? We are hearing more and more cases of child neglect, adults doing unimaginable things to children, babies even. Parents are letting television babysit their children and teach them about sex, violence and immorality while they teach them nothing at all about who God is. I think Justin Bieber caused such a stir with his "God-Jesus" comments partly because many people were not expecting "Jesus" to come out of his young mouth. Chalk that up to some good parenting somewhere along the way, the kind that, in the spirit of Solomon, made a way out of no way to teach their child to fear the Lord! So, why aren't parents training up their kids, providing a good education and insisting they go to school, correcting them when they need it, and teaching them about who God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit is?