Teaching Responsibilities

Prov 4-7 Parenting and teaching, just as in Solomon’s time, is fraught with the world’s dangers and Satan’s deceptive ways. Whether you are a parent, a grandparent, or a teacher, all must be attentive to giving the reasons and consequences of what happens when one does not follow correctly. Solomon said this is the wise counsel I leave to you: “The one who loves discipline loves knowledge, but the one who hates reproof is stupid.” [Prov 12:1]

These chapters encourage us to help children to know the way they should go, and Prov 22:6 will repeat that idea. Here’s the reason why: the world is full of wolves, just as Jesus told the disciples. Therefore children must be wise as serpents but also innocent as doves. [Matt 10:16] We must be wise (avoiding the snares set for us), and we must be innocent (serving the Lord blamelessly). []

Children are daily facing the master deceiver, Satan, who is shrewd and a liar. He is always planning to thwart their pathway from godliness to ungodliness and for them to reject a parent/teacher’s counsel. Therefore, in Prov 4:20-27, he tells the child to pay attention and know that the deceiver knows his way to enter is through the eye gate, [that is what you see], the ear gate, [that is what you listen to], and the heart gate [what you love]. We must teach them that they must be on guard, discerning, and make wise choices if they desire God’s blessing.

Today, whether you are a parent, grandparent, or teacher, pray for wisdom to help children to discern both good and evil. [Heb 5:14]Pray that when befuddled or need help, we seek wisdom and wise counsel from those who are wiser than they about this business because the master deceiver is busier today than ever. And most importantly, teach the book of Proverbs daily through reading and modeling.

Coordinator of the Heartprints Blog Page: Gaye-Ellen Austin or SonShine has a passion to train people to be successful Bible students, following the words of Paul to his protégé Timothy: “ entrust to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well.” (2 Tim 2:2). She taught 15 years in public schools and 12 years in a Christian school where she was coordinator of the NILD program for learning disabled students. She has taught Precept upon Precept classes and was a discussion group leader for 10+ yrs. in BSF in Daytona Beach. Fl. and Atlanta, GA. Also, Gaye-Ellen is the writer for the She also has her own personal blog page: David is a full time director for as well as his secular job. He and Gaye-Ellen along with their son, Dr. Mark Austin, daughter-in-law, Dr. Blanca Austin and granddaughter Christina ( live in the Dallas area. Gaye-Ellen's goal is to present Christ and live Christ glorifying God. One of her favorite verses about the role as parents, teachers, and adults for the next generation comes from Psalm 78:4, "but tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord."

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