Patience verses Chaos

Posted on · Posted in Wisdom, Worldview

Raising children is a battle with the immediate. If something is difficult it should not be. If there is a problem, someone else should fix it. If something is wanted, it must be possessed. This is the mindset that also dominates western culture. To test this statement look at television for an hour and notice in particular the commercials. Then notice the problems that you hear others talking about. Then, listen to the content of prayer requests. There are exceptions to this trend. But, sadly they are only exceptions.


People must see biblical wisdom in action for the church to function as salt and light. The world is continually dissatisfied with its craving for immediate gratification. This leads to chaos and confusion. Only the stability of gospel-centered wisdom gives perspective. This state of affairs is not new. Solomon articulated this 3,000 years ago. Not much has changed. Lead your children by the first gleam of the dawn to full light of the noonday sun. Teach them to be salt and light in a dark and confused world. Teach them of the tragic end to those who want it all now. Help them to value patience over chaos.


“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
    shining ever brighter till the full light of day.


But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
    they do not know what makes them stumble.”

Proverbs 4:18-19

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.