Rebellious Youth

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Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is grown he will not turn from it.” In reading this proverb ‘between the lines’ it seems to also say, “There may be a time between childhood and adulthood when the adolescent will rebel. The transition may be rocky and defiant, but he will return because of the original truth learned as a child.” As Christian parents, we dedicate our children to the Lord. We instruct them in the right way to go in life, giving them our best wisdom. We encourage them to keep love and faithfulness in their hearts, to trust the Lord, acknowledge and reverence Him, to shun evil and look to God’s Word for wisdom, understanding, knowledge and guidance. Yet, they often rebel against our lifestyle and God’s spiritual truth. They curiously seem determined to explore what the world has to offer, sometimes with reckless abandon. As parents we pray constantly during these disruptive years that our children will not completely destroy themselves or give Satan any ground in their lives. We may remember our own youthful indiscret...
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