Words from the Heart for Tuesday September 19th, 2017
A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.
Proverbs 10:1 (NIV)
Wise and Foolish Sons
The heartbreak a parent feels for the child who foolishly forsakes the ways of the Lord is so great. Tears fill the heart and prayers of the mother or father whose child is astray. The parent is feeling just a small measure of the longing of the Father-heart of God for the lost one. It is also very true that a wise son or daughter brings great joy to the parents. Ask the Lord for His heart for your child.
In most parts of Canada it would be foolish to leave your car unlocked. Police estimate that each year over a billion dollars of stolen vehicles, mostly SUVs, are shipped to West Africa where they are sold for a huge profit. People in Churchill Manitoba, however, are wise to keep their cars unlocked, and almost everybody there does so. This is so pedestrians can easily hop into the closest parked car in order to escape from any polar bear they might encounter.
There is no one like children to bring both great joy and great pain to their parents. Most parents pour their lives into their children to assure than they are able to make wise decisions. Christian parents’ greatest desire for their children is that they will grow up to walk closely with the Lord. When children makes wise decisions – particularly when it comes to living by Biblical standards and precepts – they bring great joy to their parents. When they make decisions that the parents know will bring them harm and pain, the parents’ hearts break. This is nothing new. King Solomon noticed this years ago and in Proverbs 10:1 writes “A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.” What kind of decisions have you been making recently? Will those decisions draw you closer to the Lord, or pull your heart from Him? Are they decisions that will bring joy to those who love you the best, or grief? The decisions we make have an impact on others. The Lord calls us to make wise decisions that bring joy to the One who is our heavenly Father.
These have been words from the heart.