Proverbs 4:1-9 “Listen, children, to a father’s instruction, and pay attention so that you may gain discernment. Because I hereby give you good instruction, do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son to my father, a tender, only child before my mother, he taught me, and he said to me: ‘Let your heart lay hold of my words; keep my commands so that you will live. Acquire wisdom, acquire understanding; do not forget and do not turn aside from the words I speak. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will guard you. Wisdom is supreme—so acquire wisdom, and whatever you acquire, acquire understanding! Esteem her highly and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. She will place a fair garland on your head; she will bestow a beautiful crown on you.’”

There isn’t a lot of new ground here, but we would do well to remember the importance of parents teaching wisdom, as well as the attitudes that drive the teaching. There should be an urgency and tenderness that accompanies teaching, which all teachers should embody. I’m sure Paul had all this in mind when he wrote, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). As important as wisdom is, forcing it down someone’s throat doesn’t work. Acquiring wisdom needs desire, from both the teacher and the student.

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