“My child, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed; my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.” (23:15-16)
Several proverbs speak of the blessed joy wise children give their parents and the crushing sorrow foolish children bring upon them (cf. 10:1; 17:21, 25; 23:24-25). A heartfelt desire to honor one’s parents, by giving them joy and not sorrow, serves as a powerful motivator for children to pursue the wise path and bear the fruit of wisdom. However, there is another side to this coin, especially in the context of Wise Saying #12. A desire for their children to bring them joy and not sorrow should also serve as a motivator for parents to discipline and train up their children in wisdom and knowledge. So parents, do you want the satisfaction of knowing that your children are wise? Then do all you can to discipline them and teach them God’s ways while you can. And children, “Listen… to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck” (Proverbs 1:8-9 NIV). May God’s blessing be upon all parents and children as they seek to do God’s will.
This week’s theme: The Thirty Sayings of the Wiseman