25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
26 For the LORD will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.
If there were any chapter of the Bible that I would want to write upon the tablet of my children’s hearts, it would be chapter 3 of Proverbs. Here, King Solomon speaks to his son about letting God’s wisdom be his sole guide and shield in life, and the wise king implores his son never to forsake God’s wisdom and instruction. There are plenty of nuggets of wisdom to be found throughout Proverbs and other parts of God’s Word, but this chapter lays the foundation for it all by saying:
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
I truly pray that all our children will allow themselves to be instructed not just by the teachers at their schools, but by the Lord God, who writes His word upon their hearts through the Holy Spirit. I pray that my children will come to knowledge and to truth not by accumulating facts in a textbook, but by listening to God the Father as He instructs them through parents and pastors and spiritual guides. I pray that our children will find confidence in knowing that, when they rely upon what they learn from Jesus Christ, then the Lord will be all the strength they need to resist evil.
10 “Receive my instruction, and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choice gold;
11 “For wisdom is better than rubies,
And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.”
Solomon lets wisdom speak for herself here, reminding us that the God’s wisdom is far more precious than any worldly riches. That is the legacy we must leave our children, the enduring inheritance we must pass on to them: the Word of God. No matter how bad the economy may get, no matter how bad business may become, no matter what misfortunes overtake us, “the LORD will be your confidence.” Here is the truth our children must know:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.
We must teach our children to revere and respect and trust in the Lord God. We must pass along more than just wise little proverbs: we must share our life experiences and let our children know that through it all God is in control. Most of all, we must teach them the first and greatest commandment:
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Amen and amen.
Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.