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 Iâ€™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 â€“ 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. Thatâ€™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 Solomonâ€™s hands on his sonâ€™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 fatherâ€™s protection or guidance â€“ he will be making his own decisions and charting his own course.
And the tone of Proverbs is serious â€“ Solomon is serious. His sonâ€™s future (and very life) is at stake with every decision, every relationship and every temptation. Solomon is stern in his directives, not because heâ€™s a tyrant, but because he is a loving father who wants all to go well with his son.