Proverbs 4:3-9.                        “When I was a boy at my father’s knee, the pride and joy of my mother, He would sit me down and drill me: “Take this to heart. Do what I tell you—live! Sell everything and buy Wisdom! Forage for Understanding! Don’t forget one word! Don’t deviate an inch! Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life; love her—she keeps her eye on you. Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding! Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it; never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious. She’ll garland your life with grace, she’ll festoon your days with beauty.””

fathers and grandfathers, as men are called to be the spiritual head of the household. Not the mother, the father. The mother spends many more sleepless nights praying for her children, but the father is still called to be the spiritual leader of the home. So Solomon says, “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.” Please notice that he did not say to pretend to know understanding. He said to attend to know understanding. That is, when your father gives you words of wisdom, you should listen to him and not ignore him. Young person it would benefit you to listen to your father. Father’s and grandfathers, you must be careful to give your children wisdom to help them.

We would be very foolish to pass lightly over the statement “I was my father’s son” in today’s verse. Of course he was his dad’s son! However, I think that there is a deeper meaning. Solomon is indicating to us that he had an intimate relationship with his father. His father had such an influence on him that he was proud to be David’s son. Fathers and grandfathers do not let your kids grow up to be ashamed that they are yours. Set the example and be the man of God before them that you are called to be. Let them look back and say, “Yeah, that was my dad!”

Culled from Paul’s Etterling‘s sermon ‘The Influence Of The Father‘

Think About This 

Are you proud to your father’s child? Do you attend to his wisdom? Are you living a life that would make your children proud?


Dear Lord, Please hold me up to the mirror that I might see honestly who I am. Show me how to change if I don’t see a reflection of you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen 


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