Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 3:2 for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.
To Honor Your Parents
In verse one Solomon sets this verse up telling his son not to forget what he has taught him. Now verse two reminds his son’s of the the fifth commandment from those God gave Moses at Mount Sini, and is the first given with a promise. Being repeated by Solomon and then by Paul in Ephesians doesn’t make it more true; but may emphasize the great importance of its application in our lives.
Ephesians 6:1 begins: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
Your parents may or may not have been godly. No parents are perfect for certain. They may have used you… They may have abused you… They may have taught you lies; they may have set a poor example for you in life… They may have abandoned you. But God was the one that chose and placed you in the time and country and family you are in for his own purpose and glory…
In Acts 17:26-27 Paul said: And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,
God knows you and me better than anyone in the Universe does and whether we see it or not he gave us the parents he did for our good and his glory.’
Therefore… we should joyously love, pray for, obey and honor our parents with willingness and sincerity as Ephesians say "in the Lord". If we do so it will do us much good and more than that it will glorify our Lord. Since Jesus died for us and rose again, he gives us that same power that raised him up, even his Holy Spirit which enables us to obey Gods commands with joy from the heart… and that includes honoring our parents in the Lord.