Wednesday, November 22, 2017

From the Heart: Wise Child, Happy Father

Read Proverbs 23:15-24

(24) The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.

I’m sure that most would agree that the attitude of children toward their parents changes as they grow older. During their teenage years especially, some young people show little respect for their fathers and mothers. It’s disheartening to see this. When I’m out in public and see a child being disrespectful to their mom or dad it’s unsettling to say the least. But as those young teenagers mature, they begin to recognize that Mom and Dad were a lot smarter than they gave them credit for.

Mark Twain once said, “When I was fourteen years old, my father was so ignorant I hated to have the old man around. But when I was twenty one years old, I was astonished to see how much my father had learned in only seven years.”

Sometimes young people come to realize with deep regret that if they had followed the counsel of their parents they could have avoided much heartache, both for themselves and their family. Our Heavenly Father understands this, that’s why Paul was inspired to write

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.

Ephesians 6:1-3

And from Solomon…

Listen, my sons, to a father’s instructions; pay attention and gain understanding.

Proverbs 4:1

All that being said, we as parents need to realize that the wisdom of our children or the lack thereof most often comes from us.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6

We should also understand that an individual proverb shouldn’t be read as either an invariable rule or a binding promise from God. What the Spirit of God is saying here are the general rules of life. If we do what’s right we can expect a good result. I’m sure most of us could look around and see an exception to the rules of life. Proverbs is simply a study of life the way it normally works.

Let’s all remember that all family members should be allies, not adversaries. Let us love one another as God has loved us. Let us learn from our Heavenly Father and share it with our children.

Here is a short poem written by “Kritzman”.

Above all else that you can do

To make your father proud of you,

Be diligent, be kind, be wise —

Such traits are priceless in his eyes.

Prayer:

Holy Father, our all-wise God, the giver and sustainer of all life. I humbly come to you in prayer today thanking you for your many blessings of life, for our friends, our families, our spiritual families and life itself. But most of all for your blessing of eternal life through Jesus, your Son and our Savior. And Father I thank you for your Holy Spirit which you sent to guide us into all truth. So help us Father, as we read, to understand and properly apply your wisdom to our life that we may be pleasing and acceptable to you, our Heavenly Father. In Jesus Holy Name, AMEN!

 

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