King Solomon was one of the major prophets of the Old Testament and provides God’s inspirational words of wisdom for life. The whole world sought Solomon’s time to hear the discernment that God put in his heart because he prayed for it, not a long life, wealth, or the destruction of his enemies.
Solomon’s Book of Proverbs is where we go for knowledge of what is right, just, and fair. It is often quoted for its insight, wisdom, and instruction in prudent behavior. There is a treasure trove of information when you dive into the gift God provided us through King Solomon. To get started, here is our list of King Solomon’s wisdom for dads.
“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” Proverbs 1:5
This first proverb is the foundation of what it is to have faith. Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” This is where a person decides if they submit to the higher authority of the Creator, or if they do not believe there is one. We are given free will to make this decision. For the believer, this is the beginning of instruction on how we are to live and how we are to lead our family.
The Importance of a Purposeful Wife
“Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.” Proverbs 31:23
Proverbs 31 is mostly instruction for women of faith, and there is a wonderful online ministry dedicated to it that a good friend of mine is a big part of. Contrary to the narrative that women are pushed down in biblical teaching, Proverbs 31 spells out the great achievements and the vast importance of women in partnership with men. When marriage is an effort of combined strengths and purpose, there is no limit to God’s glory and blessing.
The People We Surround Ourselves With
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20
In modern terms, this is saying,”Garbage in, garbage out.” Peer pressure is always a mighty force on our life so those we choose as our peers are of great importance. If you want to be a man with wisdom and knowledge of eternal truths, walk with other men seeking the same. Keeping the company of fools only serves to make ourselves one as well.
The Result of Family Harmony and Leadership
“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” – Proverbs 17:6
Obedience to the teaching of wisdom and knowledge produces good fruit in both our marriages and our offspring. When we look back on the process in our later years, we’ll see the evidence of harvest from the seeds we put down. A thriving family full of harmony and purpose.
Generosity Brings Peace and Joy
“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.” Proverbs 11:24
Only by our giving (wealth – time – resources – talents) can we truly find rest in those two elusive destinations we all seek…peace and joy. This is repeated constantly throughout all scripture including the very next verse. Proverbs 11:25 reads – “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” We receive with one hand and give back with the other, and when we practice this in our own life and teach it to our children as well, we are serving the greatest purpose of our being.
Huddle Up Question
Huddle up with the family tonight and read from the Book of Proverbs.