For today, I invite you to meditate on the introductory verses to this chapter, Proverbs 3:1-2, and ponder two questions: What goals should Christian parents aspire to for their children? How do your aspirations differ from the world?
More than riches, honors and awards…the heart of a Christian parent should be that their children cherish God’s Word and heed their counsel and instructions. We note in Proverbs 3:1-2 the first of three exhortations: Be Obedient—A wise son opens his heart to his parent’s instructions.
Proverbs 3:1 – “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:”
The spiritual life is motivated, not out of DUTY, but out of DEVOTION.
King David declared his devotion in Psalm 119:10-11: “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Ezra “prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it…” (Ezra 7:10). Daniel, though a teenager and far from home and country, “purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself…” (Daniel 1:8).
Generally speaking, obedience has its reward – LIFE [both the Quantity of Life—“length of days, and long life”; and Quality of life—“and peace shall they (the father’s law and commandments) add to thee”] (Proverbs 3:2).