Proverbs-SeriesAs we have read through the book of Proverbs, several themes have been addressed.  For the astute thinker, it is clear that many times the answers provided in God’s Word stand in direct opposition to the answers offered us by the world of “experts”.  In fact, as our culture intentionally moves further away from the standard outlined in the Bible, we are finding these diametrically opposed opinions flaunted as “truth” more and more before us.

For example – throughout this book we have seen a whole handful of instructions on how to successfully parent our children:

“He who spares his rod [of discipline] hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines diligently and punishes him early.”Prov 13:24 AMP

“Discipline your son while there is hope, but do not [indulge your angry resentments by undue chastisements and] set yourself to his ruin.”Prov 19:18 AMP

“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.”  – Prov 22:15 AMP

“Withhold not discipline from the child; for if you strike and punish him with the [reedlike] rod, he will not die.  You shall whip him with the rod and deliver his life from Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead).”Prov 23:13-14 AMP

“The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left undisciplined brings his mother to shame. 
Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your heart.”Prov 29:15,17 AMP

So the Bible (written thousands of years ago) tells us that a good parent is one who disciplines their children, teaching them right from wrong, many times using corporal punishment to help them learn.  It doesn’t say to abuse them, nor to do damage to them out of anger.  But it DOES tell us to spank them to help them grow into mature, healthy adults.

Contrast this with the message of the world’s “experts”:

There is an obvious disconnect between the advice from the experts and the advice from God’s Word.   While God tells us that correct parenting is to take a rod of correction to your children to help them grow healthy and mature – the world says this approach actually damages them and creates future mental illness.  (Is there anyone surprised that parenting the world’s way has created the generation of disrespect and lawlessness that our youth currently portray?).

My wife and I have raised two beautiful, well-adjusted, mature young women – both packed with high self-esteem and virtue – and we both did not hesitate to spank them when they were younger!  They are not damaged… bruised… nor mentally/emotionally unstable.

This is just one small example of the two types of “wisdom” we are all presented with these days.  Be smart – let God’s time-tested Word guide you… and turn off the “experts”.


Be Fruitful & Multiply,