“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:15-18 (KJV)
Wisdom gives instruction. Instruction many times will include correction, discipline, and what is called a “Good whipping”. I have heard many people say; at least those in my age bracket; that they would have rather had a whipping from their dad, than “A talking to”. I know what they meant.
Let me give a word of wisdom here concerning correcting a child. When correcting it should be done with vision. What do you desire the outcome of this discipline to be? Is that something to think about? I now, would like to have known that when I was raising my kids; but it is something I see is necessary now.
Look at the verses above.
Children need correction (v. 15). Correction, instruction with vision is the means of having a child who is a blessing in the home, the Church, the community and in our Country with we live. Without correction and discipline then there will be shame instead.
Wickedness is certainly noticed in our world today. As it multiplies transgression (the breaking of the laws of God and man) increases. Notice the outcome though – “…The righteous shall see their fall” v. 16).
Do you desire that your children will be a blessing and delight to your heart and soul? It must start at a very young age. You cannot wait until they are 13 years old to try and teach them right from wrong. By that age you will teach them nothing. If you have had no vision for where they need to be in life; especially in their relationship with God; then, you will have a child without life direction. Of course if you have no vision for yourself, then you will have no vision for your child. If you have come to your senses, or will come to your senses, then call on the Lord, and He will deliver you; then, pray for your children to turn as well (v. 17).
Verse 18 shows us that “Vision” or as the New King James says, “Revelation” is the means of being alive. Where there is no absolute right and/or wrong given to us from the word of God people will perish; or cast off all restraints; and live in abominable rebellion in their lives. They will perish. They will die in rebellion against God.
People want to be “Happy”, but refuse to hear how true happiness is available. Hear the vision of Jesus…
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Matthew 5:1-12
The greatest vision/revelation we can have is Jesus the crucified, buried, and risen Son of God who is God the Son. He will guide your life. He will guide your children’s lives. You first must submit to Him.