Read: 1 Samuel 2:12-36
Training up a child requires a lot of time and effort. Prov. 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Parents need to be patient in investing time for their children. If you invest your time now, you wouldn’t have to regret later. In this world, some people are so busy that they don’t have time to take care of their children. The children tend to be neglected and they lack love and care from their parents and become rebellious and depressed.
A mother’s duty in God’s eyes is to love her husband and children (Titus 2:4). Paul the apostle wrote, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). Again, “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged” (Col. 3:21). Eli the prophet served as the high priest of God’s tabernacle. His children Hophni and Phinehas were corrupt and they did not know God (1 Sam. 2:12). Eli being a high priest, should have trained his children to walk as God wanted them to walk. But Eli did not educate his children in God’s commandments. “The sin of the young men [Hophni and Phinehas] was very great before the Lord, for men abhorred the offering of the Lord” (1 Sam. 2:17). God warned Eli several times through several people (a man of God and Samuel) that his children Hophni and Phinehas would both die on the same day (1 Sam. 2:34). God cursed Eli, “I will cut off your arm and the arm of your father’s house, so that there will not be an old man in your house” (1 Sam. 2:31). Again “And all the descendants of your house shall die in the flower of their age” (1 Sam. 2:33).
Parents, “Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul” (Prov. 29:17). Do you love your child? If so, you must properly discipline your child. The Bible says, “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly” (Prov. 13:24). Responsible parents encourage their children to walk according to God’s commandments. “You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deut. 11:19). Are you a responsible parent in disciplining your children and training them in the Lord the way God has intended?