Sunday, 15 November 2020
Title: Training a Child in the Way He Should Go
By Elder Tan Seng Kee

Psalm 139:13-14

Ps Soong in his recent devotion mentioned about Absalom, the 3rd son of King David, who tried to seize his throne. Absalom was later killed and he seems like a greedy young man who can’t wait his turn for power. All of us in our own lives have come across young people either because they were dependent on us or they were thrust into our care to teach and tutelage. My wife and I have 4 daughters and the youngest just turned 21 years old and we had a muted but joyful family celebration on her birthday.

Was it difficult for David to get the most acclaimed mentor for Absalom and ensure he walked in the ways of God which would include loving King David who was his father and king? Yet in spite of all the power, wisdom and resources at his hands, King David did not do so well in raising his son, Absalom. In my many years of being a father and which I still am both in provision and in guidance, I am baffled by situations which turned out well with my girls with little involvement from me and some traumatic problems which happened in spite of my sincere intervention.

Does it matter whether adults play a role in the growing years of our young people? Time and again I am brought back to acknowledge that it matters that we adults having ‘stewardship’ of young people have a vital role in seeing how our young people grow up. Psalm 139:13-14 reminds us that “God created my inmost being….knit me together in my mother’s womb….I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

When a young person comes into my midst, I (whether as parent, guardian, aunty, teacher or in any capacity of influence I may have), then, have a duty to care for the young person. I must tend, inspire, motivate, encourage, discipline and be tolerant of the ways of the young person. I must set a good example in morals, social skills and hard work with solid good Christian endeavors in church and everywhere else. I have a responsibility to spend time, to listen and to be there for the young person.

Proverbs 22:6 reads, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” There is no one moment in time (as a song goes); the time is now, here and at any time where we all adults should aspire to catch more than one moment in time when God brings a young person across our path to inspire and to encourage in the ways of our God.

Training “….a child in the way he should go….” includes: (1) I must set godly examples such as in prayers, reading God’s word, worship and in serving God. I must go to church and I must be a good employer, employee, parent, guardian and honor God in all stations of life I am in at any point of time, and (2) I must check myself every day to ensure I am not disqualified to be a good example to a young person.  

Psalm 139:13-14 affirms the utmost value of each life created by God and Proverbs 22:6 reminds us that we are privileged and honored that God entrusts us with the young life God brought into being. Today, shall we all make our society a better place by investing well in a child now?

Prayer:

God, I thank you for the precious gift of life. I thank you for the young person you have brought into my midst. Grant me the wisdom to train up the child in my care, the perseverance to carry on the task and the joy of the Lord to assure me I have been faithful. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

每日灵粮
星期天,2020年11月15日
标题:教养孩童使他走当行的路
讲员:陈诚基长老
翻译:巫惠如姐妹

诗篇 139: 13-14
我的肺腑是你所造的,我在母腹中,你已覆庇我。
我要称谢你,因我受造奇妙可畏;你的作为奇妙,这是我心深知道的。

宋牧师在最近的每日灵粮文章提到了大卫王的第三个儿子押沙龙试图夺取王位。押沙龙后来被杀,而且他似乎是一个贪婪的年轻人,迫不及待地争权夺利。我们在各自的生活圈子里都因不同因素遇到年轻人,也许他们需要依赖我们又或者被送入我们的照料中。我和妻子有4个女儿,最小的刚满21岁,在她生日那天,我们举行了一场静而欢乐的家庭庆祝会。

大卫是否难以为押沙龙找到最优秀的顾问,并确保他行在上帝的道中,也爱戴他自己的父亲和国王?然而,尽管大卫王掌握着各种权力、智慧和资源,但在养育儿子押沙龙这方面,他做得并不是那么好。在我作为父亲的多年里,而且我仍然在学习的过程中,我至今还是因某些事件感到相当困惑,因为有些事情在我毫无参与的状况下,结局反而不错,但有些事情,即便我积极参与,但结局反倒造成一些令人痛苦难忘的问题。

成年人在年轻人成长的岁月中是否扮演着重要的角色?我一次又一次地重新认识到,成年人有着「管家」的责任,而这至关重要的角色包括看着年轻人如何成长。诗篇139:13-14提醒我们:「我的肺腑是你所造的,我在母腹中,你已覆庇我…因我受造奇妙可畏。」

当一个年轻人进入我的生活圈,无论是身为父母、监护人、姑姑、老师,或是任何对他们具有影响力的身份,我就有义务关心这位年轻人。我必须照顾、激发、激励、鼓励、教导和宽容他。不管是在教堂里或外,我必须在道德、社交技巧和工作方面树立好榜样,展现坚实的基督徒生命。我有责任花时间,倾听,和陪伴他。

箴言22:6写道:「教养孩童,使他走当行的道,就是到老他也不偏离。」没有一个特定的瞬间(就像一首歌所说的);应该行动的时机就是现在,此时此刻。当上帝把一个年轻人带到我们的生命,成年人都应该追求抓住任何时刻以上帝的方式激励和鼓励他们。

教养「孩童,使他走当行的道」包括:(1)我必须树立虔诚的榜样,如祈祷、读上帝的话、崇拜和服侍上帝。我必须去教堂和把握时机,在生活的各个层面,成为好雇主、好员工、好父母、好监护人荣耀上帝;(2)我必须每天检查自己,确保自己不失为年轻人的榜样。

诗篇139:13-14确认了一个事实,那就是上帝赋予每条生命最尊贵的价值。箴言22:6提醒我们,上帝信任我们孕育年轻的生命是我们的荣幸。今天,让我们好好地投资在孩子们的身上,使我们的社会变得更美好。

祷告:
主啊,谢谢你赐予我的宝贵生命。谢谢你所带进我生命中的年轻人。请赐我智慧教养孩童,让我能够坚持胜任这份任务,也求主使我忠心。奉耶稣的名祷告,阿门。

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