Reid Brown's Week 4 Proverbs Post

Proverbs 23: 15-16;24

My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad; my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.

This Saturday I will be attending the High School graduation of my oldest son. This day arrived much faster than I had anticipated. This event has provided a backdrop for much of my reflection time with the Lord over the past month. I admit that some anxiety has crept in wondering if I had done enough to prepare him for this next step in his life. But I've also been very thankful for the way he has conducted himself through the high school years. These passages speak to the deep joy (from the inmost being) that a father has over a son's display of wisdom and righteousness. A child's application of wisdom is a source of joy in a parent's life. Parents desire the best for their children, that they would be safe and prosperous.

As I thank God for this sense of inner joy, I am encouraged to parent well so that my children live from wisdom. This challenges me to be patient and understanding. It's a kind of parenting that doesn't give up hope and is in it for the long haul. I have looked to God for discernment and understanding in drawing boundaries for my children and sticking with the enforcement of them.

So, in anticipation of watching my son receive his diploma this weekend, I'm worshiping God from a heart of joy as a young man demonstrated godly wisdom.

Lord, thanks for your Word which is alive and active! I give you the glory for the ability to experience joy as I see my son grow into a man. May your presence continue to guide me as a father in helping him walk in the ways of wisdom.