Bible in 365: Day 154
There are so many great nuggets of wisdom one could take away from these three chapters, like the good old philosophy that Dave Ramsey touts of freeing yourself, like a gazelle, from the hand of the hunter (Proverbs 6:5) when it comes to financial issues.
However, overall, the biggest thing I took away from today’s reading was all about how a parent is to instruct a child. We read at the beginning of chapter 4 a plea from a father to a son to listen to his instruction. “For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother. Then he taught me, and he said to me…” (Proverbs 4:3-4)
Oh how important the formative years are to a child’s life! There is so much to teach and so little time. A question to ponder: What am I teaching my child right now? What have I neglected to teach my child?
The great majority of the lessons we read that were taught from father to son are about avoiding adultery and about the dangers of sexual promiscuity. This glaringly stood out to me because I realized that it truly is the parent’s job to teach their children about sex. Too many parents let schools cover this topic, but it is the parents who need to give their children the truth regarding these matters.
I know one day I will broach this subject with my own daughter, and I am so grateful for the example set forth in these chapters of Proverbs. But, in the meantime, I will enjoy teaching her shapes and colors and letters and will continue to answer when she inquisitively asks, “What’s this?”