Teacher To Pupil

Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
That they may be ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I have taught you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth
That you may correctly answer him who sent you?

Proverbs 22:17-21 NASB

These verses are the first of a section termed thirty sayings of the wise—also called excellent things. * In this subset, Solomon directly addresses the reader as a particular person and delivers more wise sayings for us to chew on and implement. Again, Solomon says, “Hear the words I am telling you.”

Keep These Words

Solomon pleads with the reader to value his teaching:

  • Your ear must receive and implement it
  • Your heart must function in faith with it
  • Your heart cannot do its job without the ear involved

These words are not for mere learning, but for readiness and a life alert for use. They are wise words we can apply in times of success and failure. Solomon promises a good result if these words are kept in our minds and hearts, ready to be implemented at the proper time.

The Truth of God

These sayings can bolster the believer’s trust in the Lord. They are not like commands of a master to a servant, but ones which the teacher gives the pupil for the benefit of the pupil.

When we know God’s truth, that truth bolsters our faith. Learning these wise sayings and hiding them in our heart is paramount. Be wise and ready to put these jewels to use in times of trials and success. Again, Solomon says, “Hear the words I am telling you.”

Prayer: Father, open my ears that I may hear, open my eyes that I may see, open my heart to learn more and more of your ways.

* Matthew Henry on Proverbs Chapters 22-24, biblehub.com

Train Your Children in God’s Ways

Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek
God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents],
Even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6 AMP).

We’ve heard this wise saying many times—godly training is the key for believers in raising a child. Teach God’s ways for your children to last a lifetime. God says the enormous time and energy expended in this is will be rewarding. Prepare your children to know and love Jesus in their youth.

Parents’ Responsibility

This proverb places the action and responsibility upon believing parents to train/teach their children. Believers know the glory and greatness of the Father, his majesty, and overwhelming goodness they have in him. When God gives children to believing parents, much is expected of the parents.

In Ephesians 6:4 Paul gives broad examples of what parents are to do:

  • Teach them from God’s Word on how to live
  • Show them principles of a holy life and talk
  • Bring them up with love and grace not harshness

God Loves Children

Proverbs 22:6 explains the training of your children must be focused on their  ability and talent. Every child is different. Parenting is difficult. Knowing God loves your child is a comfort, but it doesn’t make the job easier. That may be an understatement.

As children enter adulthood they make their own decisions. This is the wonderful and sometimes painful part of parenting. Sadly, many accounts in Scripture document the children falling away after being taught God’s ways.

Trust in the Lord in This

My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
Store my commands in your heart.
If you do this, you will live many years,
and your life will be satisfying (Proverbs 3:1-2 NLT).

Thankfully, many times godly character wins by perseverance, continued guidance of the Word and the Holy Spirit. Prepare your children to know and love Jesus in their youth.

Prayer: Father, help us as parents to know how to be practical in teaching our children your ways. Selah.

 

A Good Name

A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Rich and poor have this in common:
the Lord is the Maker of them all

(Proverbs 22:1,2 NIV).

A good name infers solid character and trustworthiness. Solomon is most noted for much wealth and many wives. God wholly endorsed his credibility. He was noted for requesting God for wisdom- the right thing. Our purpose is to live a life as Jesus would—knowing and serving God.

Right Living

The writers of Proverbs state a name in good standing is important, has enduring power, and shows good character. Being right with God is the foundation for living. Throughout biblical history few people are known to have godly character.

God’s Ways

A good name implies fairness or fair dealing, impartiality, righteous ways, honesty, and integrity. Gospel accounts show Jesus displays all these character traits.

Jesus taught and trained the disciples with compassion through words, and action. They learned rather slowly, so don’t be surprised that learning godly character is a long process, rather than a short one. Our purpose is to live life as Jesus would, serving God.

Prayer: Father, keep me in your Word, the lamp unto my feet. Reveal me how to live solid character and trustworthiness. Selah.