The father talks about the excellency of Wisdom and urges his son many times to make her his principal pursuit. What is the reason for this emphasis?
Parents are Human Too
One doesn’t need to talk to many parents to learn that parenting is tough. As a firstborn child of parents, I heartily amen that statement. What really complicates the whole process in the fact that all parties involved are quite human. The child doubly so.
With no guidelines except what their own parents did (or didn’t) do, parents are left to make it up as they go along, never quite knowing how well they’re doing until the child is grown. Unfortunately, by then it’s a little late to change parenting tactics.
The father in Proverbs is very aware of his own human-ness. At the same time, he loves his son and wants to keep him from harm and bad choices. But, being human, it is not in his power to do so. Not even close. It may not really even be in his job description as the father.
Wisdom Fills in the Gaps
So the father opts for the first best thing and points his son to Wisdom. What the father is incapable of, Wisdom is well able to accomplish. It’s in her job description. “Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you,” (Proverbs 4:6 NKJV). Wisdom, if the son pursues her, will fulfill all the father’s best wishes for his son.
“Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life will be many. I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you on right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble,” (Proverbs 4:10-12 NKJV).
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV). Take note; Proverbs defines for itself what “the way he should go” is. According to the father, the way his son should go is in the ways of Wisdom, which he defines extensively.
So parents, teach Wisdom. And children, seek Wisdom. Her rewards are guaranteed.
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