January 11, 2015

Wise Children

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 11, 2015

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. Proverbs 1:8-9

Wise children listen to their parents. They listen to their mom or dad, whether their parents love God or not. God has placed parents over their children for protection and teaching. Some parents may not provide either of these, but they can still be used by God to deliver His instruction. Therefore, listen to your parents. Listen when it hurts and when you don’t completely understand. If they intimidate you, talk with them about it. Let them know that you want to honor them by listening to their advice and commands. It pleases the Lord when you obey your parents (Colossians 3:20).

The older you get as a child, the harder it becomes to listen to your parents. It becomes harder because you want to become your own person. It becomes harder because you begin to discover that your parents are fallible and sometimes even fragile in their faith. They are moody and have misguided motives. They can be overprotective, insensitive, and angry. Yet they still love you with their whole heart. They want God’s very best for you and sometimes struggle with how to relate to and care for you.

Be patient with your parents. Do not dismiss them as irrelevant and weird (though sometimes we certainly are!). Only a foolish child focuses on his or her friends to the neglect of parents. Learn how to lovingly listen to your dad and mom. Learn how to patiently process their instruction and teaching. They sometimes seem redundant, condescending, and patronizing. Remember, they love you. Be patient with your parental units. They want you to experience God’s will to its fullest. Trust them to trust Him. Moses’ parents protected him by their faith in God (Hebrews 11:23).

You listen to your parents because you care. They stick their nose into your business because they care. Indeed, an unengaged and apathetic parent communicates a lack of concern. This is mothering malpractice and fatalistic fathering. But a wise child still cares for his careless parents, because he or she knows it is the right thing to do. Unselfish service to selfish people will build a bridge to the Savior. Your life may be the only book about Jesus your unrepentant parents are willing to read. Therefore, listen and learn from your parents, even if they are lazy in their faith. You honor them when you learn from them (Ephesians 6:1-3). Your interest in them may very well ignite their interest in Him.

Taken from the December January 11th reading in Seeking Daily the Heart of God v.2… https://www.wisdomhunters.com/bookstore/seeking-daily-the-heart-of-god-volume-ii/

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