Listen my son to your father’s instruction
And do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Pr. 1:8
This goes along with the commandment Honor your Mother and Father. So why do we think this has the attention of one of the 10 commandments and the attention of the writers of the proverbs?
The earlier principle I focused on brought out the importance of seeking wisdom. As a child, where does that wisdom come from? Who better can a child trust than his or her parents?
As we mature and grow, we tend to want to rely on ourselves for all decisions. We see ourselves as the source of wisdom. We always think we are right because that is what we know. That is why we want to do what we want to do. We don’t want to rely on other people’s guidance. We think we know it all and better than everyone else.
In our earthly existence, we think we know as much as anybody else. But as soon as we think we know it all, we basically see ourselves as god. But only God knows everything. This is an important part of life that we all have to deal with. Do we know it all, or are we willing to seek wisdom on an everyday basis?
It is the parent’s responsibility to teach children humility. Children are not perfect and are in the learning mode. They do not know everything and there is always wisdom to be gained.
In the same vein, there is no age requirement for this principle. See, even adults are in the learning mode. I have older children. Are they able to humble themselves and agree that their parents may know some things that they don’t? When do children think they have more wisdom than their parents?
But this needs to be said again. Adults are simply children that have been around longer. Parents also are not perfect and are in need of continual growing and wisdom.
So the question is where do you get your wisdom from? I suggest one great place to study are the Proverbs, they may be the beginning of your growth in wisdom.
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