Today’s Scripture: My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:  For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Proverbs 3:11-12

The famous American general, Douglas MacArthur, had this to say about fatherhood:

“By profession, I am a soldier and I take pride in that, but I am infinitely prouder to be a father. A soldier destroys, but a father builds. One has the potential for a lot of death, the other embodies creation of life. It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battlefield, but in the home, repeating with him our simple daily prayers.”

If a man as great as General Douglas MacArthur had that as his motto, so should we. The Bible has some advice for fathers. In our passage today, we see an admonition for the father to lovingly discipline when necessary.

We also see some advice for children in these verses. There is an obligation on both sides – fathers and children. Fathers are to love their kids, to be the example, and to discipline them when they are disobedient. Children have an obligation to be obedient. If we can follow God’s instructions, then we will have success both in the parenting relationship and the children’s relationship.

I do not always put blame on the parents when the children do not turn out right because it is ultimately the children’s responsibility to make their own decisions. However, I also have great faith in the Word of God. If we are consistent and do things God’s way, good things will happen, and we will have joy, not anguish, in the lives of our children.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.