13 March 2008 ~ 0 Comments

As Promised, Thoughts from Proverbs

I am in a Bible-reading-blogging mode. I read the Bible – like many other people do – from where I am in my life at the time. It is amazing how God can speak to you if you take the time and "ask for the eyes" to see what He has for you.

TWO LESSONS FROM PROVERBS…

ONE: In Proverbs, for example, it seems about every other verse says something about a wise son making his father proud. I see it almost everywhere! That’s where I am right now – in an on going conversation with my Father about my father. So that stands out to me. It is the most pronounced lesson I have learned out of Proverbs, reading it through this time around.

It is true that there is an incredible connection between our conduct and character and how it affects our family relationships. That goes I am sure whether those famly relationships are living under the same roof or around the world. Consider our pastor, Pat Hood, and his son, Seth. Seth is serving the Lord in southeast Asia now and his father couldn’t be prouder of him. That’s not always been the case. While Pat has always loved him, Seth’s behavior has had a lot to do with how they get along.

Consider these verses (and if you are a woman, you can make the appropriate application – readers of my blog are intelligent and can easily do that!):

* 4:1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.

* 29:3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father …

* 23:22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. (bingo!)

* 23:24 The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.

And the converse …

* A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

Several verses could be added but you get the point. Your conduct and lifestyle most definitely affect the relationships around you. Especially the close ones.

TWO: Proverbs simply flows with wisdom! Duh! I know but as a counselor it rings clear to me. I am praying daily for wisdom. I simply cannot "fake it". Without the wisdom of the Lord I would look like the dumbest, simplest, most ignorant imposter in the world. (Those of you whom I have counseled, don’t touch that line!) The bottom line is this: counseling is tough. Wisdom is required for it to be anywhere near effective and helpful for those who seek it. People and couples don’t come to you with issues they can resolve by themselves.

But we all need His wisdom. The lesson is simple but as profound as you can get: get wisdom. Buy it, trade for it. It comes from God and is a good, good thing. In a world of ambiguity and pluralism, we need it. When black is made to look white, we need it. In this world of "spin" and hair-splitting, we need the clarity, insight and wisdom from Him and His word.

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