Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 4:20 My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.
I Keep Repeating Myself but I'm Not Senile!
Have you noticed that from time to time it kind of sounds like Solomon is repeating himself? Of course you have… No, the wisest man alive is not going senile! But still in chapter after chapter, Solomon has been intentionally repeating this basic truth for his sons to listen and be attentive to his words. The reason I think is because it’s that important!
Why do you repeat things to your own children? Exactly! Listen to me son! Your whole life depends on you getting what I say here!
I can almost hear the young man answering Solomon “yes father”, “I know father”, “I won’t forget father”.
Then Solomon answering: “Son, I have stressed this to you over and over. You are a man like every other man. You have a bent… crookedness. We all feel that pull towards the ways of the world and the flesh. We have discussed so many important truths that will bring you life and health... or they will lead you to disappointment and a life of ruin. But still, in the Lord they can give you the greatest satisfaction possible and make you a great king ruling justly over Gods people. Remember these are some of the same things my father King David taught me. You’ve given me the right answers son. We’ve talked together about these things and we will talk again. You know the truth. Keep them close to your heart.”
This Proverb may help point us in the right direction in raising our children, but it points us in a greater direction when we consider God as our heavenly Father. The Lord reminds us over and over every day… Listen to my Son and his words.
In Mark 9:7 when Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John, the Father himself says to listen to his Son.
Mark 9:7 And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”
Another time, after many quit following after him, Jesus ask his own disciples if they wanted to leave and not follow him any longer, here is Simon Peters response:
John 6:68 …“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,