Last week I posted about reading the Proverbs as a means of sanctification through the Spirit of God. This week, for my devotional thought, I would like to explore one passage in Proverbs that has influenced me deeply over the past week.
“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.” – Proverbs 1:8-10
I cannot tell you when I first came across this passage, but I can tell you that it has been with me for a long time. I often find myself going back to this passage and reading it over and over. We all have passages that just seem to stick with us through life. This is one of mine.
I am absolutely thankful for a mother and father who taught me so much throughout my years in their home, and are still teaching me to this day. They truly are a blessing from God. Because of them, I have more wisdom for life, and am more prepared to face the uncertain future. I can point to their faith and know that it is a pillar of my own trust in God. I also realize that not everyone has been blessed with such a background. I know that different circumstances abound for people. Our parents successes or failures are not our faults. But chances are high that most people can point to someone in their past or present who has acted like a father or mother to them. It could be a boss, coach, aunt, uncle, teacher, etc. Whatever the case or background, most people can point to certain “fathers” or “mothers” who have given them wise council over the years.
One thing that constantly amazes me about this passage is that it is not in the past tense. The verse does not say, “You heard, my son you father’s instruction…” It is in the present tense. We should always be listening to instruction and teaching, and those things will always be “graceful garlands” for our hears. I think that it is completely biblical to live a life constantly searching for new places to learn and new knowledge to pick up. We should never be content with our amount of knowledge. We’ll never reach the point of knowing “too much” or being “too wise.” Always look for instruction and always listen for teaching.
Every moment can be a teachable moment, if we will only be aware that it can be. When we live a life full of being teachable, we will better be able to resist the enticing snare of sin. If we are, by God’s grace, able to keep learning and becoming more wise in the ways of God, hopefully, we can continue to be sanctified by his Spirit through the Scriptures and those whom he has placed around us who are much wiser than us.