Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Care Oriented Education
Proverbs 4:1-9 at first glance depicts a father giving instructions to his children
When placed in context, this is not just any father talking, but rather this is King Solomon giving royal instruction to all his kin (v. 1-2). We also notice how three generations are involved in the passing of instruction: God’s covenant with David (2 Samuel 7), David’s instructions to Solomon (1 Kings 2:1-9) and Solomon’s instructions to his children (current passage). Just like David’s royal lineage, we also are a part of God’s royal family and therefore as part of God’s kinship, we are set apart to follow the same instructions that are being passed down.
So what instructions are we to follow? Verse 5 says, “get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.” The wisdom and understanding mentioned in Proverbs should never be interchanged with secular reference. While secular definitions are engrossed upon personal experience, knowledge, and intuition, Godly wisdom begins with the acknowledgement of our limitations and in turn, our hearts being directed toward our Maker (Proverbs 2:6, 10; Proverbs 3:7). For us to know God and to attain His wisdom, we must hold true to His word. As David instructed Solomon, we must “walk in God’s ways, keep His statutes, His commandments, His rules, and His testimonies” as written in the His laws so that we may prosper and be a part of His eternal throne (1 Kings 2:1-4).
As we continue reading Proverbs 4:6-9, it is noted that Solomon is comparing our ties with wisdom and understanding to a faithful companionship. Just like a truly committed relationship, there cannot be room for outliers to get in the way of a strong and lasting bond. Honor wisdom and our “crowns of glory” awaiting us in God’s Kingdom will be provided. What a blessing it is to know that we are a part of God’s royal lineage through His Son and to be fortunate to learn from His Word and emulate His wisdom?
May the Lord continue to instill in us His wisdom and help us grow in our understanding of Him.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Thought for the Day
Close your heart from what is evil. Trust in God, gain wisdom from His Word.
Mr. Lennie Philip
Tabor Mar Thoma Church