Proverbs 22 8-22-18

Having a strong biblical base is important for everyone. All our decisions stem from that base.

Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

We used to take for granted that if we took our kids to church that they would just automatically receive a good biblical base. In some ways, this assumption is true, but is it enough, especially in today’s society? In the face of the teaching of the Theory of Evolution, we must be much more deliberate about how and what we teach our kids, New Christians, and even the older generation who grew up being taught that the Theory of Evolution and the Bible are compatible.

King Solomon was deliberate in what his sons learned:

  • Verses 17-21 are an exhortation to learn these 30 axioms of truth for righteous living.
  • Verse 22-23 are a warning against taking advantage of people just because you can.
  • Verses 24-25 teach that we become like the company we keep.
  • Verses 26-27 teach about financial integrity and safety.
  • Verse 28 is about cheating and double standards.
  • Verse 29 is my life verse:

Proverbs 22:29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.

This verse taught me to work with diligence and integrity in everything I do. It’s not about what is expected or needed; it’s about excellence and my best. What I do reflects on my Father, and that’s important to me.

When it comes to our children, their BEST foundation for trusting God’s Word is to see their parents reading it daily and living it, modeling it, and calling on the Bible’s Author for guidance and understanding.

Let’s live as if God’s Word is important to us–if Christ is in you, then it had better be!

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