Pause for a Proverb
Several years ago I had the privilege of visiting Scotland. Not only is it a beautiful country, I have a lot of Scottish blood in me, so definitely a trip of a lifetime.
One of the places we went was Loch Ness. Most people have heard about Loch Ness because of the Loch Ness monster. Loch, however, means lake and Loch Ness itself is a lot more impressive than an illusive sea creature.
In fact, the large and state-of-the-art visitor’s center has nothing about the monster. Nothing. Aisles and aisles of posters, and mugs and t-shirts, all tastefully done, but not one of those souvenirs has a monster on it. (However, if you go down the road, you will see a touristy place with a plastic monster in a small pond.)
But back to the lake. Loch Ness is BIG. How big?
Here are some facts that the tour guide told us.
- Loch Ness has more fresh water in it than all the other fresh lakes in England and Wales combined.
- Loch Ness is so deep – London’s BT Tower (one of the highest buildings in London) can fix inside.
- Loch Ness is so huge (23 miles long) and and so deep that the population of the WORLD could fit into it three times.
But wait! What does all this have to do with a blog on teaching kids God’s Word?
Proverbs 20:5 reads: The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
The Proverbs writer uses the picture of deep water to illustrate a person’s thoughts whether those thoughts are evil or whether they are good. The verse then goes on to say that it takes a wise person (someone with good deep thoughts) to discern whether something/someone else is righteous or unrighteous.
Anyone can look good on the surface, but what is the condition of their heart? Are they hiding evil? Are they contemplating mischief? Are they teaching false doctrine?
What does this mean in a kid’s life?
- A kid can fake his belief in God as well as an adult. On the surface, he knows the right language, but then he turns around talks and sneakily disobeys his parents or his cruel to his siblings.
- A child (like any of us) needs to grow strong in the knowledge of God’s Word. Spiritual growth, even in the life of a young kid, should be deep and part of his entire life. (a biblical worldview)
- A child with deep-water kind of spiritual depth can discern whether someone else is faking their spirituality, whether that teacher is teaching something that’s not in God’s Word, whether that friend who claims to be a Christian is actually trying to charm him into disobeying his parents
We all need to work at having Loch Ness-sized depths of deep (godly) knowledge and understanding. (And if we want to take this rather cheesily to the conclusion – spiritually deep and without any evil monsters floating around. All right, forget that last part. Truly too cheesy.)
In summary, Proverbs 20:5 9 is yet another verse that encourages us to teach our kids so that they have a godly, deep-water kind of spiritual depth and are able to discern righteousness and unrighteousness.