Raising Wise Children

Although God’s childraising instructions appear in just about every chapter of Proverbs. Chapter 2 is literally filled with solid, godly direction for parents. Every single verse contains messages, warnings, and instructions for parents to pass on to their children. This wisdom is meant to prepare each child for facing life and avoiding its pitfalls. How does Proverbs say this is done?

Speak Up

As a parent you must speak up. “Receive my words and treasure my commandments within you” and “heed instruction and be wise” (Proverbs 2:1; 8:33). I have read these words so many times that they have become embedded in my heart and thoughts. With passion and a fierce love for God and for our children, parents must speak up!

“Wisdom” is portrayed as a woman—a very verbal and vocal woman who is not ashamed or shy about speaking up. She “shouts in the street, she lifts her voice in the square” (1:20). There is nothing casual or halfhearted about her zeal for others to be wise. And for our children, the teaching of wisdom should be even more passionate.

Raise Up Wise Children

As a wise parent, commit to this responsibility. Own it. Dedicate yourself to be faithful to what God is calling you to do as a parent. As we are faithful to follow God’s instructions to us as mothers to teach His wisdom to our children, He will faithfully enable us to do it. Lean on Him. Talk to Him. Trust in Him. Desire to be a mom after God’s own heart—a mother who will do all God’s will, including teaching wisdom to your precious ones.

I love these words written by a devoted father to his two teenage sons. Summing up the benefits of obtaining wisdom and responding to God’s call to be wise, he writes:

[Proverbs] pronounces a blessing on those who heed her instruction, walking in her ways. It promises happiness to those who wait ardently at her gate, who keep faithful vigil at her doors. It holds out life and divine favor to those who find her, but personal loss and death to those who miss her.

Blessing. Happiness. Life and divine favor. This is what we moms want for our children—what we speak up for, what we live for…and what we would die for.

RESPOND

Lord, please help me to be on my toes today with my children. Help me to speak up and take every opportunity to share Your truths with them. Amen.

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REFLECT

Have I dedicated myself to be faithful to what God is calling you to do as a parent … to raise wise children?

REMEMBER

As we are faithful to follow God’s instructions to us as mothers to teach His wisdom to our children, He will faithfully enable us to do it.


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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