4.28.2011

Devotional_Thoughts

"Father Knows Best"
"Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, and give attention to know understanding;  For I give you good doctrine:  Do not forsake my law."  Proverbs 4:1
Have you ever had your dad tell you not to do something and you did it anyway?  Yeah, me too.  If I had heeded my father's instruction all the time as I was growing up, I would have avoided a lot of trouble.  Why must we learn the hard way?   King Solomon is writing this proverb to his children, and we also would be wise to heed, as the Lord has seen fit to include this writing in the cannons of the Bible.  If you know anything about King Solomon, you know he had lots of children.  He had many wives (700) as he was marrying for political alliances.  Despite his being "spread very thin" he found time to do a lot of writing.  He wrote 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs.  His name means "his peace," and his desire was to teach his children the way of his father, King David, the "man after God's own heart," as well as his Heavenly Father, the ultimate source of all wisdom and teaching.  This is why he says, "I give you good doctrine."  Doctrine means teaching, and King Solomon did a lot of that also, as people would come from far and wide to hear his wisdom.
In the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, it is written, "and these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up."  (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7)   We would be wise to heed the instruction of our Heavenly Father.   Psalm 1 verse 2 says that the blessed man is the one whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.  Jesus said, "He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me."   There is great joy in receiving the living Word of God, and the blessing comes from knowing that we are right with God.  What are we teaching our children?  What are they watching?  What are they listening to?  Who are they spending time with?  What do they see as important to us?  These things will likely be the pursuit of their lives also.  It is never too late to start Biblical instruction, and the fruit is incredible.  Oh beloved,  I pray that you take instruction from your Creator, the one whose instruction is perfect, who alone is wise, who alone is true, and whose love for you never fails!
Prayer for the day, "Lord give me a desire to know your truth, and to spend time daily in Your Word, drinking deeply from the fountain of Life,  Amen"
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