Never in history has there been such a wealth of information and resources available to parents as they raise their children. There are countless parenting books and blogs with more recommendations and suggestions coming out daily.
While I’ve read fantastic parenting books and insightful blogs, none compare to the book of Proverbs. The study of Proverbs is a must for wise parenting.
The writer of most of Proverbs is Solomon, the wisest man to have ever lived (1 Kings 3:11-12). God inspired Solomon to write the book of Proverbs – a collection of short, pithy statements for wise living. As a matter of fact, many of the Proverbs fit the Twitter requirement of 140 characters or less. That’s what I call #relevant.
While all scripture is useful for teaching and correction (2 Timothy 3:16), the book of Proverbs is uniquely suited for parents raising children. It is the passing of wisdom from one generation to the next.
Each time I read through the book of Proverbs, I have a visual picture of Solomon taking one last opportunity to relay wisdom to his son before the young man strikes out on his own. I see Solomon’s hands on his son’s shoulders, looking at him eye-to-eye as he makes one last plea for his son to seek wisdom from the Lord in all of his dealings. The young man will not have his father’s protection or guidance – he will be making his own decisions and charting his own course.
And the tone of Proverbs is serious – Solomon is serious. His son’s future (and very life) is at stake with every decision, every relationship and every temptation. Solomon is stern in his directives, not because he’s a tyrant, but because he is a loving father who wants all to go well with his son.