8/27/19: 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11; Psalm 41:1-13; Proverbs 22:5-6
Proverbs 22: 6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
A very, very short but often quoted passage. I think the Enduring Word Bible commentary amplifies the meaning quite well, providing guidance to parents and also comfort:
a. Train up a child in the way he should go: Children need training. The job of the parent is not to simply let them grow up in any particular way, but to train them, and that in the way he should go. The sense of the Hebrew the way he should go speaks of the child’s individual way and inclination. It speaks of discerning a child’s strengths and weaknesses and parenting in a way that takes those into account.
b. When he is old he will not depart from it: This is a wonderful principle that the Holy Spirit may quicken to a promise for parents troubled over their adult children. When a child is trained in the proper way, though they may depart for a season (and a long season), in principle they will return and not depart from it.