Proverbs 3 – “A Father’s Longing for His Son”

father's love--two handsThe key verses of Proverbs 3 are the familiar and beloved verses 5-6; however, I will postpone to a later date a commentary on those well-known verses.

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.” Ezraprepared 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).