My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother; for they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck. (Proverbs 1:8-9)
Parenting In The Proverbs
A lot of books have been written on the subject of parenting. Family counseling is a multi-million dollar business as families become more dysfunctional, confused, broken and immoral. The home is no longer a shelter of security. Marriages are dissolving. Children are left for their own desires. A nation that once gleamed in the virtues of honesty, integrity and the value of the home is crumbling from the decay of what defines marriage and parenting. The end will not be pretty; then again it never has been as the moral codes of men rely upon their own wisdom for answers to fatherhood and the sanctification of motherhood.
The wisdom literature is as old as the earth itself. From the pages of God’s word a standard of parenting has always been scripted upon the pages of His plan and design. The Almighty created the home and He knows how to best suit the home to the needs of man. Reading the book of Proverbs a harvest of true wisdom is given to guide the man who chooses to be a father. Motherhood is revered in the manner designed by the Lord and children are taught to give honor to their parents. Woven throughout the book of Proverbs instructions are given on the role of parenting. Children are taught to listen to the instruction of their father and hold fast to the law of their mother. Wisdom comes from obedience. The consequence of rebellion is clearly defined with grief to the mother. You want to know how to be a parent that pleases God? Read the proverbs of God’s instruction book on the home.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it … Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of correction will drive it far from him … The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise child will delight in him … A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother … Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old … Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice.
There is so much more in this wonderful book of proverbs declaring the fear of the Lord as the beginning of knowledge. If you are a parent or grandparent, never let the proverbs for parenting fail to be a part of your life. Books of men will fail. God’s word about the home has never failed. Your children will rise up and call you blessed.
An ounce of parent is worth a pound of clergy. (Spanish Proverb)