Proverbs 1:8-19 “Listen, my child, to the instruction from your father, and do not forsake the teaching from your mother. For they will be like an elegant garland on your head, and like pendants around your neck. My child, if sinners try to entice you, do not consent! If they say, ‘Come with us! We will lie in wait to shed blood; we will ambush an innocent person capriciously. We will swallow them alive like Sheol, those full of vigor like those going down to the Pit. We will seize all kinds of precious wealth; we will fill our houses with plunder. Join with us! We will all share equally in what we steal.’ My child, do not go down their way, withhold yourself from their path; for they are eager to inflict harm, and they hasten to shed blood. Surely it is futile to spread a net in plain sight of any bird, but these men lie in wait for their own blood, they ambush their own lives! Such are the ways of all who gain profit unjustly; it takes away the life of those who obtain it!”

There are three important lessons for us in today’s reading:

  • Parents need to be involved in the moral and spiritual training of their children. It’s vital. But even then it’s only half of the battle. Children need to be willing to listen! If they do, it will mean good things for them, practically and spiritually (1:9). On a personal note, I think that it’s also important for parents to do everything they can to mitigate the voice of the world in their children’s lives.
  • Because peer pressure is a real thing. Children face it, and we face it. We need to surround ourselves and our children with godly voices.
  • Greed is a huge problem, and it can lead us into sin. Here it leads to theft, violence, and possibly even murder. The problem with any kind of sin it that it shipwrecks our faith and can ultimately destroy our lives.

1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evils. Some people in reaching for it have strayed from the faith and stabbed themselves with many pains.”

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