“Listen, My Son!”
Scripture reading for July 5th: Proverbs 1-4
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.” (Proverbs 1:7-9)
Godly fathers and mothers are a key to raising godly children. Children are born the first time in rebellion to God and centered on themselves.The life of a father or mother that radiates respect for God and models godly knowledge and wisdom is one of the best teachers for children. Children quickly pick up the attitudes of their parents. Wise parents are constantly teaching their children the fear of the Lord and because they love their children, they discipline them to drive the foolishness out of their souls. Children who receive the godly wisdom and discipline of godly parents have beautiful adornments of grace and beauty that are attractive and helpful to the world they live in.
Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, other than Jesus Christ. God had given him great wisdom because he had asked God for it when God had appeared to him and gave him an invitation to ask of Him whatever he desired. (1st Kings 3:4-9) Solomon wrote down these proverbs in order to pass on to his sons the skill of living wisely in the practical things of this world. God had them recorded for His children of all ages who would listen and learn from Him!
By listening with a humble and teachable heart, God’s children can learn what is just and right and fair. (Proverbs 1:2-5) The proverbs give prudence and discretion, the ability to know what to do in difficult situations and to make wise choices. Foolish people refuse to listen and learn and inevitably suffer loss, pain, and sometimes destruction.
This wise father warns his sons about the enticements of “sinners” who willfully break God’s laws because they do not listen and fear Him. (Proverbs 1:10-19) These men and women are to be avoided because they set a trap for themselves by their foolishness. All who follow them will suffer great loss. Good instruction not only teaches what is right but warns of the consequences of following the wrong path. God is a great parent and He calls all His children to listen and learn!