Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding. The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise child will delight in him. Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice. (Proverbs 23:22-25)
A Family Of Thanksgiving
Thanks-living is learning how to be filled with thanks-giving. There are so many things to be thankful for. Counting the blessings of God is enumerable. He has given so many things both in the physical world and the promise of eternal life that man could never possess all the things given by the Lord. The joy of thanksgiving is to learn how important the relationship of the family is to the happiness of man. Everyone has a set of parents but many do not have a father or mother that will guide and instruct them in the way of righteousness. God designed the home where the wisdom of the parents guided the children to love and adore Him and in return show that love toward the parents. No one can love God and not have love for parents. They are to be received with honor and respect for who they are and what they mean to the will of the Lord. Revering the parent is commanded by the Lord.
No matter the age of the child, listening to the father is a sign of wisdom. The wise man shows that when parents become old they are not to be despised. Buying the truth with wisdom, instruction and understanding brings glory to the family and to God. Scorning a parent because they have grown old is sinful to the Lord. The father of the righteous will rejoice as the will of God is found in the respect his children have for him. A wise child comes from wise parents that follow the pattern of righteousness, truth, holiness and godliness. Children that are trained in the nurture of the Lord will make the father glad and the mother to rejoice. The pattern of the home was designed to bring thanksgiving.
As the family assembles for a time of thanksgiving, let God be glorified in the lives of each person. The food and trappings of the day of Thanksgiving are important. There is a lot of work that goes into the preparation of a beautiful table adorned with wonderful food. Laughter will ring through the home as relationships are bonded in love for one another. Admittedly there will be moments of “why did I have that second piece of pie” coursing through everyone’s mind. When all is said and done the great joy of Thanksgiving should be the godly family. A unit of people united under the hand of a gracious God that has led their lives to serve His Son as devoted servants of righteousness. Nothing is more important than to share in a family where everyone is serving the Lord as obedient children. True thanksgiving comes from the joy of a family walking in the steps of the Lord. Buying the truth is what matters in a family. Following the wisdom of God, listening to the instructions of the word of God and understanding the joy of faithful obedience brings honor to the parents and gives glory to the Heavenly Father.