A Tender Plant

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Isaiah 53:2 “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.”

Satan is after the soul of every child, and that is why we must be careful to raise children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. It was said about Jesus, “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant…” This verse compares children to a tender plant. A tender plant is easily broken and bruised. A tender plant can easily be destroyed if you're not careful about what you do with that plant. A tender plant needs to be fed and watered if it is going to grow into a mature and fruitful plant. A tender plant must be nourished so that it grows up strong to face the heat of the day. A tender plant must be kept from weeds so that the weeds don't kill it. How careful every parent must be to raise their children for the Lord. Let me share several guides you can use to raise your children while they are tender plants.

First, be careful with their spirit. Children are a tender plant and should be treated carefully so that you don’t destroy their spirit. Colossians 3:21 cautions the parent by saying, “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” You can destroy your child’s spirit if you nitpick them to the point that they feel they can never please you. Be careful about picking them apart about everything they do. Praise them when they do good, but point out the flaws by showing them how they can do better.

Second, be sure your children are raised on the Word of God. God’s Word will feed your child spiritually. Your children must be fed God’s Word daily, and it is your responsibility as a parent to be sure they hear God’s Word. I believe it is good to have daily devotions so that your children hear the Word of God daily, but I also believe when they can start reading that you make sure they read God’s Word for a short period every day. God’s Word will never return void in the heart of a child if it is planted in them when they are very young. By getting them into God’s Word when they are young, you are planting good seed in them to help them live a godly life.

Third, be sure your children spend time in prayer daily. Children need to hear their parents pray, and they need to learn to start praying when they are young. Never discourage your child from praying, but teach them how to pray by telling them that they just need to talk to God in the best way that they know how to talk. It is not the eloquence that God hears, but it is the voice He hears that allows their prayer to be heard.

Fourth, be sure to raise your children to have a strong spirit to stand. Don't let your children quit, but make them work through obstacles. When you make them work through difficulties, you will teach them a determination to work through life’s difficulties when they come, and they will come. Children will only have a strong spirit to withstand life’s heat when they are taught at a young age to work through difficulties without quitting.

Fifth, be careful about the influences that can influence your child's heart for wrong. The wrong influences are like weeds; they will choke the good out of the heart of your child. If you want your children to turn out right for God, you must be sure every influence that influences your child is a good and godly influence.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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