Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Proverbs 9

Go get your bible and turn to Proverbs 9.  The beginning 12 verses discuss the way of wisdom.  The last 6 versus, versus 13-18, illuminate the way of folly.  Now check this out; verse 4 (from wisdom) and verse 16 (from folly) say the SAME EXACT THING:

"Whoever is simple, let him turn in here":
And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him.

Both wisdom and folly sit in the highest places of the city, both are offering bread and drink.  How do we guide our children, especially our teens, and ourselves when these two rivals are saying the same thing?

First, wisdom appeals to the mind, whereas folly appeals to the senses.  We are emotional creatures, easily excited or swept up in the moment.  There is a lure about wickedness, we are curious about what appears to be wild or seductive or dark.  The world often portrays itself as 'the good life', living high and free.  It something 'feels' wrong it most likely is.  Thinking clearly and carefully takes more than a second.  That second could be the difference between safety and sin.  The Holy Spirit has a chance to instruct if you take a time out and think before responding.  If you are not sure, ask someone as vs. 9 says:

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

Second, vs 10 distinctively tells us how to find yourself at the banquet of life and discerning whose voice is speaking:

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

This is how we can help our kids navigate through the tumultuous waters of life.  Know God by spending time with Him and reading His Word!  It will save your life.

Thank you Lord for your Word of life and wisdom and power!


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