A discerning son heeds instruction,
but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.
Someone said that there are three ways to obtain a fortune. Earning it through hard work, receiving it as an inheritance and finally stealing it. There are those who cynically said that nearly all fortunes have been made the last two ways and rarely we know of any that has been obtained legitimately and by self-effort. We will not go into details but for the sake of conciseness let us say that the vast majority of personal wealth is obtained through inheritance. Therefore, many people who have large accumulations of money in their bank accounts and possess many properties can do so because their parents or grandparents worked hard to create such a fortune that now they, their children are enjoying. If the children squander what their parents had to work so hard to get, the waste becomes a way to dishonor their parents. Even if we have not received a fortune from them, our parents worked hard so that we might live more comfortably now than they ever did. They also fed us, clothed us and helped us get an education.
Let us manage our finances with wisdom and prudence. Whether the goods we possess were obtained through an inheritance or have been obtained from our work, that capital one day will be for those who survive us, if the Lord does not return before. Let us be good stewards of our Lord and God Jesus Christ who is the only one who really has allowed us to have something to support us and also to leave our descendants, whether treasures or an education. To God alone be the glory!
Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Buy the truth and do not sell it—
wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
The vast majority of people do not know how much of their education and personality they owe to their parents. Many believe that genetics does not play any role or has little influence on them at best. Also, they neglect the education they received from very early childhood, not to mention the love with which they were raised. As soon as they reach an age where they think they can make their own decisions without consulting their parents or having to take into account their teachings, they forget all the instruction they have received and allow themselves to be guided by the criteria of the world, the lies of Satan or the passions of the flesh. All the discipline and wisdom that they were inculcated from a tender age disappears. Pride makes them think they do not need anything or anyone to protect them or to let them progress in a hostile world.
The word of God shows us a totally different picture in which the children are respectful and obedient to their parents. The biblical model is the way established by God for the family to grow, consolidate and multiply. Contemporary society and its syncretistic philosophies have eroded the solid family base that prevailed for centuries. Not happy with all the damage it has caused, modern society continues to seek ways to achieve its total destruction. A family can only thrive if there is respect and consideration between its members . Each family member has a role to play, parents teach and children learn. When this fails to happen the family is weakened and loses its influence as core and support of society. Let us receive the wisdom that comes from above and let us fight for the integrity and endurance of our families. To achieve this objective children play a key role when they honor their parents. Then, let us honor them! To God alone be the glory!
Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,
but those who heed it resist them.
When someone chooses to ignore God’s commands they are just trying to set their own plans and rules different to those of God. What they are really saying is that their thoughts and ideas are more important than what God has established as a standard for the human race. What they really do is to put themselves at the center of the universe and to put their interests above that of others. Arrogantly, they try to rise even above God, if this were possible. In order to ensure support for their selfish pretexts they seek the company of others who also have decided to abandon the standard of God to justify themselves because they are not alone in their boldness and rebellion. These rebels seek solace looking for one another to take advantage of what conventional wisdom suggests: “Misery loves company.” These villains form gangs to show defiance and to separate themselves even further from God.
For these, a sentence has been established already. Peter said: “Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” And “For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.” One thing we can be sure of, that each day the number of those who oppose the plans and statutes of God will increase. They have preferred to place their vile beyond the demands of holiness that God has established for man. Their growth and spread is just one more sign that the Lord’s Day is approaching. Let us look with hope to the glorious future that awaits us in which we will receive our reward for having remained faithful to the decrees of the Lord and the wicked will receive the punishment that they have sought for themselves. To God alone be the glory!
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The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
Here is a list of things that set up a sharp contrast between what the world looks for and what the children of God are trying to achieve. We have said on different occasions that what the vast majority of people are looking for, and all that the world has to offer, is fame, money and power. Remarkably, the list of things that God’s children are trying to obtain was written by someone who had a lot of the only three things the world has to offer. Given his wisdom, King Solomon had a reputation way beyond the borders of his kingdom. As for wealth, the Bible says that in his time there was so much gold in his kingdom that “silver was not appreciated.” The word of God also says that “both in riches and in wisdom, King Solomon surpassed all other kings of the earth.” And as for power, Solomon managed to organize a large army that was equipped with many horses and chariots. Why would God give Solomon all these things that are typically granted only to those that follow the world and keep themselves separate from God?
First, Solomon had a very specific mission, to build the temple of the Lord. To achieve this he needed to enjoy extended periods of peace so that the work would not be interrupted every time he had to face the enemy in battle. Fame, money and power allowed Solomon to enjoy lasting peace so that he could carry out the commission that God gave him. Moreover, Solomon never asked God to give him anything other than “discernment to govern your people and to distinguish between good and evil.” Let us ask God to give us wisdom and discernment in order to serve him to the maximum of our capabilities. We will be able to conduct ourselves with prudence, fairness, justice and equity. To God alone be the glory!
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A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,
but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.
Most ─if not all─ of those who read these thoughts are adults who, understandably, are no longer under the authority of their parents. However, if and when they accepted Christ as Lord and Savior they were placed under the authority of the King of kings and Lord of lords; so they need, as children, to be subject to the direction, care and discipline of our loving Father. Failure to recognize our position before the Father puts us in a dangerous path. In times past when people acted differently to what they claimed they believed, they were called a hypocrite. Today, when someone behaves that way, it is said that he/she is an open minded person. This is a good example of a couple of the many problems that postmodernism has brought us, ambiguity and confusion.
Let us not deceive ourselves or act as hypocrites. God is our Father and our authority. Neglecting his correction makes us stupid and insolent, two things that our Father will not tolerate and that He will continue to correct in our lives by using different methods to achieve His wise goals. Let us recognize our responsibility as the adults we are and let us position ourselves under the mighty hand of God. Obedience is the key to success in the life of a child of God. Walking the path of obedience always will bring us to a pleasant destination. To God alone be the glory!
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