Proverbs 4 in my Bible is titled “A Father’s Wise Instruction.”
He tells his sons about the wisdom His father taught him, when he was tender, the only one in the sight of his mother.
Let your heart hold fast to my words; keep my commandments and live.
His words are full of resolve, they are firm but loving.
As I read a picture popped in my head of a father driving a car and his young son next to him.
The father points to all the things around them, not being afraid to drive through the rougher parts of town while showing him the beauty around them. He begins with wisdom and his words point to her value,
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her.
When you taste and see the treasure of wisdom, everything else is cheap.
He tells the boy with the graceful garland of wisdom bestowed on his head, he will
walk, and his step will not be hampered, and if he runs, he will not stumble.
The father does not hold back from telling him and perhaps showing him the path of the wicked and warns him not to walk in their way.
He points to it enough for the son to recognize it but warns him to avoid it, do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.
A young boy, the only one in the sight of his mother is likely still afraid of the dark. The father speaks to him in ways he will understand
The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.
Today I am encouraged to be wise and to listen to the faultless instruction of my Father and also pass it on to my boys.
There is safety in His wisdom.
I’m convicted to not only speak to them of wise choices without holding back on the urgency but also explain and show them why the Way of Wisdom is better.
Right now they still listen. They watch.
I will not be afraid to point out the darkness and boast about the light. They need to be equipped to recognize both paths in order to ponder the path of their feet and not swerve to the right or the left.
Let wisdom reside in our hearts, may we keep it with all vigilance so out of it will flow the springs of life to all You bring near.
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