25th May, 2023
They will come back to it
"Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it." Pr 22:6 NLT
When your child begins to toddle and talk, plant God's Word deep in their heart. That doesn't guarantee they won't go astray. Many of us got it wrong before we finally got it right.
Just make sure they know where "the right path" is. Picture a salmon being spawned in a hatchery in Northern California, released into a channel which leads to a creek, the creek to a river, and the river to the Pacific Ocean. The salmon swims for thousands of miles.
Then, as if by command, it begins the long journey back to its place of spawning. And it not only locates the spot where it entered the ocean, but the river, the creek, and the exact inlet from which it had been released. In one documented story, a salmon worked its way up through a drain and pushed through a hefty, screened lid atop a three-foot vertical pipe, and ended up in the same tank where it was hatched.
Unique markings on its fin confirmed this. "Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it." That Scripture means, give your children a taste of the things of God when they're young, and when they grow older, the world won't satisfy their taste and they will return to their spiritual roots.
Faithfully do your part, and trust God to do His. Your part now is to instruct, love, and pray for them. God's part is to draw them back. And He will, for He loves them even more than you do!
They will return to their spiritual roots.