” The Nere Do Wells”


Devotion:  Proverbs 20:11

Years ago; a certain friend would call some of her son’s friends; ” “the nere do wells.”  Nere is slang for never.  What picture do you conjure up in your mind; when you think of “the nere do wells”?  I was never quite certain, but always instantaneously, these very short, troll like cartoon characters; with unkempt hair, scraggly teeth and very bad breath would jump into my mind’s eye.  Admittedly; I have a very vivid imagination.

One thing I knew for sure.  These characters were not a good influence on my friend’s son. They were always lurking somewhere; albeit under a bridge, that had to be crossed over. He was in high school and college during the season of “the nere do wells.”  He was then and even now, twenty years later; is still a very strong man; in his accomplishments and his character.

Today this young man is a wonderful husband, father and successful young business man.  I would say his mama’s prayers and his own rejection of the influence of the “nere do wells”; played a part in the development of his moral character and success.

No parent wants “the nere do wells” to influence their children. We must teach them to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  They need to observe their parents portraying wisdom and discernment.

“The nere do wells” lurk around every corner. They are in public schools, churches, neighborhoods and even in Christian schools.  Some appear to be clean, neat and upstanding citizens on the outside.  They are not troll like at all; however, the intent of their heart, is to destroy godliness in others.

God declares in 1 Samuel that “Man looks at the outside, but God looks at the heart.”  Teach your children well, in the ways of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Read God’s Word to them.  Teach them to read It for themselves.  Pray for and with them continually. Always speak truth in love.

Prayer in Motion:

Oh God, raise up Christian parents and children to strongly influence Your kingdom.  May “the nere do wells” come to faith in Christ, so that they can impact their sphere of influence.  May godly parents continue to be godly and train up their children in the way they should go; so that when they are old, they will not depart from the “training in righteousness.” In Jesus Name. Amen



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