PROVERBS 4 - Wisdom is Supreme
1 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
3 When I was a boy in my father's house,
still tender, and an only child of my mother,
4 he taught me and said,
"Lay hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands and you will live.
One of our greatest responsibilities as a parent is to encourage our children to seek wisdom and understanding (the knowledge of God). We are to help our children grow from (1) foolishness to wisdom (2) selfishness to unselfishness and (3) the knowledge of God to a passion for God.
King David encouraged his son Solomon as a small child to seek wisdom. When God asked Solomon as a young man what he desired, King Solomon quickly said wisdom so he could rule God's people wisely.
(1 Kings 3:1-15) God gave Solomon not only wisdom but riches and honor. God makes similar promises to us throughout Proverbs (e.g. Proverbs 2:10-11, Proverbs 22:4).
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life.
Our feelings and our desires come from our heart and dictate the priorities we establish in our lives. Solomon asks us to guard our heart so that our desires keep us on the right path. It is so easy for our desires to lead us astray chasing power, riches, larger homes, fast cars, alcohol, drugs, sex, and more. We must set boundaries on our desires so that we do not get side-tracked on dead ends that lead to sin. The book, The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren can help us establish desires consistent with God's desire for our lives.