I’m not even going to lie. I don’t like to be told ANYTHING. It must be a human thing, because there are not many people who enjoy being told what to do or what not to do. What we must remember, however, is that the instruction of the Lord is definitely worth adhering to. If we don’t listen to anybody else, we ought to listen to God — and not grudgingly. In fact, some of those messes we get ourselves into could have been avoided if we had just listened to our Heavenly Father.This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 1:7 — 9 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother; 9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
In this text, it is King Solomon whom is speaking. When he uses the word “fear”, he does not mean literally being afraid of God but reverencing Him. To this end, we understand that having respect for God initiates the taking root of knowledge by making fertile the soil of our hearts and minds. They weren’t joking when they said knowledge is power. When we know better, we can do better. In other words, if we respect God, we will keep our ears open to His Word, and this will allow us to grow in knowledge — knowledge that will guide us effectively through life unlike any “knowledge” we concoct on our own.
With verse 7 in mind, the first thing the inspired Word of God challenges us to do is heed the instruction of our parents. Notice, there is no age limit on this. Yes, even when we are 18 and older, we still need to listen to the wisdom of our elders. I know. I know. This is the part we all dread — or so we think when we are not in a bind. When we find ourselves neck deep in trouble, however, what our parents tried to tell us starts making way more sense than we thought it did. In the words of Solomon, we should keep the instruction of our parents with us and cherish it, for it is as treasure — “an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.”
What can we take away from this? We don’t have to listen to everybody, but it is in our best interest to let our Heavenly Father and earthly father tell us a thing or two about life. We may not always like what we hear, but we should always be welcoming of it, because it will definitely serve us well. Have a blessed day!
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