Psalm 41:1-13 Bad Lunchmates A Thanksgiving Psalm by David
Proverbs 22:5-6 Taking The Right Train
Everyone has difficulty in life. The book The Road Less Travelled begins, “Life is difficult.” Duh. And it sold more than ten million. Go figure.
Wicked unbelievers will have a difficult life (v. 5a). The reason is because they make things difficult for themselves. Believers should keep their distance from them (v. 5b).
Believing parents should raise their children in righteousness and according to the Bible (v. 6, cf. Prov. 22:15; 23:13). J. Vernon McGee advises parents to apply “the board of education to the seat of learning whenever it is needed” (cf. Eph. 6:4).
The main difficulty in this verse is that there seems to be many parents who raise their children in the ways of the Lord. Yet, many seem to stray and do not become adults who follow in the faith. This problem can be solved in a couple of ways.
One way is to realize that Proverbs is a book of generalities. Proverbs is wisdom literature and indicates widespread trends in life, they are not rock-granite promises.
The second way to understand how a child could stray away from their Christian roots is to realize that God will allow them to exercise their own will. They may have made a decision for the Lord when they were younger and then will be assured a place in Heaven (cf. John 10:28-29; 6:39-40; 5:24; 18:9).
A parent’s place is to continue to pray and wait.