Children and parents
“My son, keep your father’s command, And do not forsake the law of your mother.” – Proverbs 6:20
It is natural and good for children, as they grow toward adulthood, to become increasingly independent of their parents. Young adults, however, should take care not to turn a deaf ear to their parents—to reject their advice just when it is needed most. If you are struggling with a decision or looking for insight, check with your parents or other older adults who know you well. Their extra years of experience may have given them the wisdom you seek. (Life Applications Study Bible)
How many times have you seen children leaving their parents care, and they make mistakes? Not everyone though, some are wise and continuously seek guidance from parents and peers. There is nothing wrong with asking advice. In my opinion, finding advice is empowering yourself with knowledge. Knowledge leads to wisdom.
Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV) 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
If you think of these verses, it refers to seeking God. God expects us to be persistent in our endeavours, in finding Him. The writer of Proverbs, however, is talking about children specifically. That is the perfect theology. However, we are all children of God, and the words of Proverb fits well. “My son, keep your father’s command.” Keeping to the Word of God the Bible, will make us better and whole people. Won’t it be easier for children to follow that example? From a young age, we teach the difference between right and wrong. Apart from teaching wont, it be better to set that example, so that children and society can see the right in you. Whats more teach and show them the guidance of the Bible and Holy Spirit.
Apple trees bear apples. What fruit will you bear, the fruit of bad or fruit of good? There is an adage that says “The apple does not fall far from the tree” or “Father like son.” So I say again won’t it be easier for kids if they are following a good example. If they then obey that example won’t they be better for it?
Please don’t think that I am perfect in this, these words are my daily prayer.
“Lord, I pray that You encourage right living in me, to be that example, children keep God’s command, follow His perfect example. Amen.”