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In the last chapter, the author laid out 6 shaping influences which impact our children, but he was quick to point out that it is not shaping influences alone which determine the types of people our kids will grow up to be. Mr. Tripp explains that regardless of the shaping influences in a child’s life, it is his Godward orientation that determines how he will react to those influences.
Mr. Tripp points to Proverbs 9:7-10 for guidance. Here is that verse from the English Standard Version:
7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
Tripp makes the observation that, “It is the fear of the Lord that makes one wise and it is wisdom that determines how he responds to correction.”
The English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible renders Isaiah 52:6 as follows:
Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I.
However, it was while I was reading the New English Translation (NET) of the Bible and keeping track of the different ways that God is referred to that this verse really jumped off the page at me. That translation renders it:
For this reason my people will know my name, for this reason they will know at that time that I am the one who says, ‘Here I am.’
The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is similar,
Therefore My people will know My name;
therefore [they will know] on that day
that I am He who says:
Here I am.”
What an awesome statement from God, “I am the one who says, ‘Here I am.'” The verse is presented in the Old Testament in the context of God’s redemption of Israel (his chosen people). But at a very fundamental level, it speaks to the relational aspect of God. Here is the God who created us, spoke the world into existence and holds the universe together, and he says “Here I Am.” God does not require that we search for him or reach some higher plateau before we can find him. He is right there the whole time whispering to us, “Here I Am.” He provides us the proof of his existence that we need, and he calls out to us, “Here I am!”Read More