Archive for November 6th, 2018

Proverbs 4:5-11

In Proverbs 4:5-11 Solomon reminds his kids to focus on learning and gathering wisdom.  The method is listening to the teaching he gave.  As parents, we really are an important part of helping our kids find success as we teach God’s wisdom and set that example through our daily life.  “Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth”. Parenting matters.  And we need to be very intentional about investing time to help our kids discover God’s wisdom.  They can still choose to ignore it.  But it is our responsibility to help plant it and help it grow.

Solomon gives hope for those who learn and live by wisdom. “Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you”. If we remain on the path of wisdom, and love wisdom , it will preserve keep us safe. Wisdom protects us.  It keeps us from making decisions that can harm us.  So how do we get it?  We often chase the wrong things. “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight”. Men and women often regard money or fame or romance as the principle thing; God’s people should give a higher place to wisdom.  It alone is how we can gain insight and make the right choices.

The love and pursuit of wisdom is rewarded. “Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her”. Solomon experienced this early in his life. And when we live following wisdom, we receive great accolades and are known by our life. “She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown”.  But beyond exultation, honor or a crown, living based on God’s wisdom does something far more important.  “Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many”.  Solomon has told us several times already that wisdom will extend our life.

Solomon has done his job teaching his son wisdom. “I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness”. Solomon received satisfaction in fulfilling his duty to teach his son wisdom, even as his father taught him. This would guide his children well into the future. Parents often work hard to prepare their children to succeed in the world – to run well in the race of life. But without also working hard to impart God’s wisdom to our children, we may set them up to run, but they will stumble and be hindered if we don’t equip them with the wisdom to live God’s way.

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