My wife and I have had limited success with planting over the years. I think we fuss too much. For the last few years we have tried the opposite approach-let them fend for themselves. After all, how did crops fare before we came along? Well simply said- God took care of them. He supplies the seed, the life, the water and sun, etc. Then we come along thinking we know more and provide the fertilizer and pesticide.
I’ll admit God is the giver of wisdom and He has given us the ability to produce the crops of today. I wished He gave it to us. Prior to learning our lesson, we would go out to seed, weed and feed. I think we stared at the plants too much. They always started well, but failed before harvest. Now, we plant ‘em and run. If we see each other turn in that direction we yell a reminder. We grow scads of tomatoes now; although choked with weeds. Years ago, a neighbor had the most gorgeous daffodils one has ever seen. One day, to our horror, she was pulling them out. She said they get too thick. She threw them across the road. We almost cried, but we discovered they started growing over there without being planted, come the next year. (Check this out -if almost every country home doesn’t have daffy’s on the other side of the road! Now this is evidence-based science.)
So what is the moral of this ditty? While tomatoes are tasty and daffodils are gorgeous- they need attention. Otherwise they will either get out of control or grow up amongst weeds. God says, “Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge. Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine” (Proverbs 23:12-15). As Covid makes its rounds, and kids are home, many parents are wishing they had trained up their children appropriately. Without godly direction and discipline, they too will become as weeds. I could park right here and preach this message until the tires wear off. But let me add this- according to God there’s nothing wrong with using a wee switch; just don’t let me catch you abusing any youngster.
If you are searching for examples of this reading, just look around our church. We have some wonderful examples of parents who are doing it God’s way. Our pastor and his wife are obviously doing a great job as their children are mannerly and knowledgeable of the things of God. I cannot name others for fear of leaving some out and hurting feelings, but you know them too. We need to invest in our children. Listen and spend time with them. Teach them the Word of God- the ultimate in weed-killers!