Finding the Straight Path

  • Tuesday, May 25, 2010
  • "By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established, and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches." Proverbs 24:3,4

    They say that charity begins at home. The same can be said for the Spiritual widsom for our children. In our time of study together on Sunday, Pastor Tom took us through the first twelve verses of Proverbs 3 where we see six truths to be shared at home to help bring about wisdom for our children which will help set them on a straight path toward godliness.

    First, teach them about truth. Where does truth exist? In the wisdom of man or the wisdom of God? Proverbs 3 begins with a challenge not to forget His teaching. We are to keep His commandments in our hearts. Guidance for life is contained in the words He has given us in Scripture. And teaching the truths from Scripture should happen first in the home.

    Second, we're challenged to keep kindness and truth around our neck and written on the tablet of our heart. What Solomon is suggesting here is that the wisdom of God is to be part of the fabric of our lives, not something to be kept in a book on the shelf. As parents live their lives for God, children will naturally inculcate the values we share by example.

    Third is truth about self. Nothing's further from the truth about self than to look in the mirror and be proud of the wisdom which you've created yourself. Rather, we should be as a mirror and reflect the wisdom of God.

    A fourth truth to share with our children is about wealth. The admonition of Proverbs is to honor the Lord first with the wealth He has provided. The focus should not be on how much you should give back to Him, but on how much He desires that you keep of what is His.

    The fifth truth for you to exhibit and teach children is to always be open to His reproof. We are to be teachable at all times, "For whom the Lord loves, He reproves." Proverbs 3:12

    And sixth, teach your children about trust. To believe in God is the first step. But the challenge comes in turning that belief into trust.

    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3: 5, 6


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