“For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.” Proverbs 2:10 NIV
The bond between a father and a son is a deep and sometimes troubled relationship. The Bible is full of father/son relationships. Some are great examples for families to follow while others tend to show what not to do.
The father/son relationship can be difficult, especially when you are both a father and a king. An example of this unique situation is seen between David and Solomon. The Bible does not give us many details about this relationship except to say that Solomon was David’s choice to inherit the kingdom. One important aspect of the father/son relationship is the fact that the son carries on the family name. The success of the family depends in part on the wisdom and knowledge passed from father to son so the son has the opportunity to learn and be successful.
Solomon’s dad, King David, was a man after God’s own heart. David’s heart got him into trouble when he had an affair with another man’s wife. The woman’s name was Bathsheba and she gave birth to Solomon. David’s heart and sin was passed on to his offspring as Solomon also struggled with women.
Solomon was a wise man and had riches beyond anyone else in the Bible. The first chapter of the book of Proverbs outlines the purpose for writing the book of Proverbs. Solomon’s primary focus was to gain wisdom. God recognized Solomon as a King who “feared the Lord” and He granted Solomon wisdom and knowledge that surpassed any man that ever lived. Solomon’s hope by gaining wisdom was that he would ultimately gain understanding as to the existence of the world with his ultimate goal being to find contentment and peace in life.
All throughout the book of Proverbs we note that the word wisdom can become a symbol for Christ. This change would transform the theme of wisdom to the theme of love. Proverbs 2:10 is a great example of this: “For Christ will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.”
Solomon’s problem was that he tried to use wisdom to understand contentment from the world’s perspective. He should have focused on what God could do to fill the void in his life.
The legacy we leave our kids is one that often keeps me up at night. When I look at some of the stories in the Bible, I cringe wondering if the mistakes I’ve made in the past will continue to haunt future generations. That is why it is important to impart the knowledge of Christ to our kids and to speak the truth in love. Imparting Godly wisdom is the first step to helping our children build a legacy which is not built on the world's desires but on what God desires for them in this world and beyond.
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Look through various verses in Proverbs. Take time to insert the word “Christ” where it talks about wisdom and see if it adds to the meaning of the verse.
Dear God, please forgive me when I think that my plans and ideas are smarter and wiser than Yours. Help me to be humble and trust in Your plans, not leaning on my own understanding. Allow me to see Your face when making difficult decisions and seek Your wisdom in trials. Thank You for being my rock. AMEN.
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