Proverbs in 365 Devotions

February 20

Proverbs 4:1 Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, 2 for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching.

How God Raises Children

by Robin Aylor

And so Solomon encourages his sons to listen to his words in order to gain a deeper comprehension and understanding of what is good and true. His words were to be used for guidance in their thought life and behavior… that they may learn how to deal with every situation they encounter in life.
 
I’m glad our Father in heaven loves us enough to work hard to get our attention. We know this because we hear his reproofs, instructions and encouragement… we feel his disciplines and through it all we know he wants what is truly best for us.

Oftentimes we too remind and exhort our own children… We do it (hopefully) not out of our own selfish annoyances but for their sake because we love them. It’s pretty much a continual thing while they are growing up in our house; if we didn’t they might forsake truth and be swept away by the culture around them. The culture does not pause it's own teaching to them so why should we?
 
Interesting is how Solomon doesn't just say to do this and don't do that without explanation; but throughout Proverbs he shows his son's and us the consequences of actions. He doesn't only tell his sons they'll make him happy if they do good; he doesn’t just say they'll get a spanking if they do bad; but he spells out detailed truths of how their relationships and lives will be greatly affected and changed according to their choices.

Yes, there are times in our life that we need to respond in obedience to our Heavenly Father without ever understanding anything else except He loves us, we love him and has never let us down and we will trust him. Likewise there are times we need our children to trust us without having all the answers.

But there are many times when God shows us how and why things work out in our life the way they do… He does this so we might know his character and that we may grow in him and his attributes… Also he answers our “why” questions so we might minister to others come across our path and are going through similar things.
 
Thank you Father for urging us forward all the way in our walk with you through Jesus.