There are many things that you give to your children. Birthday parties, holiday gifts and remembrances, special vacations, and appreciation for accomplishments are some of them. Other things not so noticeable are clothing, a house that is comfortable and dry, and providing for education. You do these things because you want your children to do well. Planning for these things can occupy much of your time as you live with your children. These are all good things, but what is most important is missing.
I have just one question for your consideration. Where does helping your children acquire biblical wisdom fit in with your plans for them?
Proverbs 4 records David's plea to his son, Solomon, about what he thinks is the most significant thing that his son can acquire. I recommend reading this chapter many times over the course of a year just to help keep your focus sharp about what is really important. David says the most vital thing Solomon can possess is wisdom. He even says that everything else should be secondary to acquiring wisdom. Here is what he says in Proverbs 4:7:
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
The whole of chapter 4 is a plea to see the beauty and necessity of attaining wisdom. Wisdom must be acquired at all costs. No one is born with wisdom. To obtain wisdom you must be willing to sacrifice for it. Parents, if obtaining wisdom is not your passion, you will not be able to help your children see the importance of acquiring wisdom. If obtaining wisdom is not our highest priority, we are all playing the role of the fool.
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