Do you listen to your father’s instruction?


A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. (Proverbs 13:1).

It seemed like his father was always picking on him about something. “Do this.” “Do that.” There was never a time when he left him alone. Sometimes the boy thought it would have been better if he did not have a father. He could not get away with anything, and if he was caught doing something he was not supposed to, his old man was on his back in a flash. It was not fair.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6)

But when the boy grew up and had a family of his own, he realized that his father had kept after him to teach him how to live properly. He wished there were some way to thank his father; but he decided the best way was to be a good father to his own kids.

Often we scorn instruction and rebuke because it isn’t what we want to hear. But there comes a time when we are glad that we had instruction. The words come echoing back to us, and we begin at long last, to understand why they were offered. Too often we reject the words without actually paying attention to them. We need to listen to instruction no matter how much we do not want to hear it. It takes maturity to realize that others may know what is best for us.

Proverbs 4:20-27

My children, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
And put perverse lips far from you.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.

13 comments

  1. Thanks Noel for a good thought. We need to be open to the leading of the Spirit, and the wisdom of our parents. Also our friends, bros. And sis. In Christ, anyone who may have wisdom to share with us.

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment, Greg. None of us have all the answers we seek. Proverbs 19:20 challenges us to, “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.”

      Thanks a bunch for stopping. God bless

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment Lady D. Our kids and grand kids are the future. If we counsel them wisely, we will have a bright future.

      God bless

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  2. You shared a wonderful message here. It’s crucial that parents give wise counsel to their children, but it is just as crucial for the children to accept the wise counsel. It’s unfortunate, that many youngsters today believe they don’t need any counsel, and they only realize that they do after getting into a world of trouble. Experience does not always have to be the teacher. God bless you!

    Paulette

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    1. Thanks again my friend. I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. To God be the glory.

      The proverbs are fill with words of wisdom. There is something for every situation.

      God bless

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    1. I thank you very much for stopping by and leaving a comment, P.J. I never like my father. He was too strict. But as I grow older I understood why.

      God bless

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      1. You know, i know exactly where you coming from. I have a very strict father. Have to explain to my brothers, so they have more to learn before they actually got the full picture.God Bless 🙂

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  3. Truly, some really great work you are doing here. Thanks for sharing and may God continue to bless you day by day, moment by moment as you are instructed to do his will, walk out your purpose in this life and move swiftly towards your destination. Continue to hold onto God’s unchanging hands.

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