29 Jan Proverbs 29 – Excerpt from ‘A Proverb A Day’ by Chandler Hatchett
Well, In case you missed it, I wrote a book! I’m thrilled to say that my 31 Day Devotional, A Proverb A Day, is available for you to order on Amazon! Today, I’m sharing an excerpt from the book – Day 29 // Proverbs 29 – so you can see for yourself how manageable this devotional is. It’s a great tool to help anyone get started on a journey of reading their Bible an being in the Word every day!
The 29th // Proverbs 29
Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.”–Proverbs 29:17
Last week, I wrote about one of my biggest takeaways from a day’s reading is that I’m not the center of the universe and that my actions [and reactions] have the potential to leave long-lasting effects on the people around me that I love. Again, on day 29, I’m reminded of that fact, yet again. This time, though, Solomon addresses the only concrete evidence I have of the legacy I will leave on this earth… My child.
It’s no surprise that Solomon encourages parents to properly discipline their children. He tells us several times throughout his proverbs that it is through discipline that children grow to live lives that are pleasing to the LORD. He tells that reprimanding a child leads to wisdom and that those children who are never disciplined ultimately turn around to harm their parents [or others] through the ways they live their lives [29:15]! He also says that the children who have been disciplined in life bring peace with them [29:17]. How strange is it that so many people associate discipline with the opposite of peace, yet the Bible is clear that the two are one in the same? Solomon tells us that one accompanies the other… But how? He says that it is by justice that a king gives his country stability… Isn’t a father technically the king of his own country [his family/household]? As the mother, aren’t I the queen of my household? It is by being strong and just that parents can create a stable environment.
There are parents, though, who discipline their children according to God’s word, yet still, the children choose to ignore their parents’ words.
Let me interrupt and say that I fall into this category daily – not as the parent, but as the child in my own relationship with my heavenly father. Doesn’t this apply to us all? We are loved by a father who loves us so deeply and had made clear the paths we should walk, yet daily we choose our own ways? Solomon has a warning for those children… he has a warning for us all. He tells us that those who heed instruction will be blessed, but those who just brush off a reprimand will face the consequences [29:18]. He tells us that those people are “stiff-necked” to rebukes and that there is no remedy for their decisions [29:1] and he reminds us that children who love wisdom bring joy to their parents [29:3]. It’s not just our parents that rejoice when we seek what is good, Solomon reminds us that everyone rejoices when the righteous succeed [29:2].
And can you imagine how proud our heavenly father is when He sees His children seeking after wisdom and all that is good?
So you’re telling me that it’s up to me to show my child the pathway to a life that others rejoice in or to help him walk down the path to a life filled with folly and strife? Yeah. I pick the first path. Disciplining him is not easy or fun for me. But I’ll take a few moments of my own discomfort in exchange for a life of joy for my boy.
In the same breath, I must remember that I am not just my parents’ child – I am a child of the living God. Do my decisions make Him stand with pride or shake His head in disappointment?
Chapter 29 Prayer:
As a parent, I pray that in those moments where my child makes a decision that leads to consequences and disciplining is hard, I remember this passage and that I put my child’s eternal needs above my discomfort in the moment. I also pray that you begin to turn my child’s heart towards wisdom so that he/she may know the joy that is found in living a life seeking your will.
As your child, I pray for forgiveness. I know you have taught me right from wrong. I know you have given me a guide to follow that leads to you. And I know that, over and over again, I choose wrong. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for seeing past my sins and knowing my heart. It is because of your great love that I want to live according to your Word.
This is an excerpt from the book A Proverb A Day by Chandler Hatchett. It’s a 31 day devotional through the book of Proverbs. To order your copy, click here.