Proverbs 22:6 Dissected and Defined
Train up a child in the way (course of life) he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart (move) from it.
Daily Devo Paraphrase
Many frustrated parents believed this verse to be a promise in training children, only to proclaim it to be merely a principle after their children went to the world.
How do you manifest this promise from God in training children?
It is sad but true that many Christians cannot see the true meaning of this verse. Yet that doesn’t change the fact that this verse is not a principle, but rather a golden promise from God! If we train our children properly, they will not depart from that training as an adult. But how do you see it manifested in the life of those you seek to train?
The word “train” is the answer.
The answer is found in the word “train.” The word train means to draw along and entice. It’s like a coach. This word train is synonymous with the word initiate. Initiate is to acquaint someone with something. It literally means to prepare the palate. When a baby refuses to eat their chocolate pudding it is only because they “perceive” icky! So they resist it. However, if the mother will take a little finger full and place it up upon the baby’s palate, the child will devour the pudding and half the spoon! Why? Mommy prepared the baby’s palate.
How to prepare your child’s palate.
When you prepare a palate you literally produce an appetite in advance. That is what we should do with our children. Introduce them to a Spirit-filled life of transforming rather than a rules-based religion of performing and when they are old and need it, they will not only choose it, they will trust in it. “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Psalms 34:8)