Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 5:7 And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
Squirrel, Squirrel, Squirrel!!!
As I look back over the previous chapter it appears that from Proverbs 4:4 to 5:6 Solomon has been telling his sons the words of his father king David as they were told to him. Yes Solomon’s sons are receiving instructions now from two great kings that span two generations.
That's how it should be. We should tell our children the truths of God and they should tell their children and it should continue and form a legacy for the Lord to his glory.
But yes, as we have noticed before… Solomon tells his sons to listen quite a lot.
Like his sons, at times Jesus disciples also had hearing problems… I believe it was after the feeding of the 5000… In Mark 8:18 Jesus ask his disciples: "…having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?"
That’s similar to what Solomon is saying… listen and understand… then keep these truths close to your heart so they won’t be swept away.
How many times have we told our children something… “Billy are you listening to me?” “yes I heard you mom”; but like a dog who catches a glimpse of movement out of one eye… his brain seems to be wiped clean and re-written with squirrel, squirrel, squirrel.
Why is it so difficult to get children to listen to instruction?
Maybe it is because we have learned to prioritize life to a different set of standards than they have. Though in some context ours is still a work in progress, they are only beginning to work on it. Their minds are filled with different things than ours. I believe that is why we should try to explain the “why’s” to them when we talk about the wisdom of God. Ask them to tell you what kind of men and women they want to become when they grow up. As they develop and mature ask them to write their goals including characteristics like what kind of husband or wife they would like to be… What contributions they might want to make in the community… what passions of service they might have for the Lords mission on earth.
When it comes to the Lords ways, we are just as slow to hear and understand and remember as our children.
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Let us be desperate to listen to the Lord. See his words as rubies and gold… treasures which we will not let depart or be replaces with the fools gold of the world.