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Proverbs Chapter 1
Father Knows Best.
Proverbs 1:8 says; "My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
I wonder how many young people in this generation believe this is important. Of course, it's not an issue exclusive to this generation. It's been there since time began. Without going down that path today, even our original parents were led to believe that Father God didn't really know best. We all know the outcome of their disobedience.
How important it is we teach our children to love, respect and to listen. Many believe these things simply happen. But that's not true' We have to be trained to do all three things, plus many more. If one could be a success by reading someone else's autobiography, or watching them play sport, we would all be as good as they are or were, Example is only one of the very effective ways we can teach our children.
A father's first responsibilities to his children are protection, provision and to train them in the way they should go.
Deuteronomy 6:5'7 Fathers have the responsibility to love the LORD your God with all our heart, soul, and strength'
And to memorize his laws and tell them to your children over and over again. Talk about them all the time, whether
you're at home or walking along the road or going to bed at night, or getting up in the morning.
In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul gives us a very strong foundational teaching on family life - on how each family member has a role to play.
Father God is our example. So be imitators of Him.
Always be kept and live in love as Christ also loved us.
Take and celebrate Communion together on a regular basis.
If your family has grown up, and moved away, or are not living at home: Do it together when you see them. Do it for them when they are away. That's what the Father is saying to the fathers in Proverbs 1' He is telling us to tell our children what we have seen and heard He is telling us to remind them to always remember Jesus. Always keep Him on our mind. He is instructing us to encourage them to walk and talk right. How to avoid the snares and entrapments of the world and careless people. To not allow them to deceive you with meaningless words and not to enter into partnership with them. We need to teach or remind them of the importance of respect and honour. We need to teach them to determine what pleases the Lord, and have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness. Instead, expose them for what they are.
So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of time because the days are evil. How we trained our children will be the way they train your grandchildren.
A Psalmist's View of Selected Proverbs ©2009