November 10, 2018
I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:
TO HELP ME BE A GODLY FATHER (part 2)
Proverbs 4: 1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
1. A Godly Father must be willing.
A Godly father must be willing to first saturate himself with God’s Word. Next,
A Godly Father must be willing To Solicit Godly Instruction. Please read carefully verse three and four. Do you know who Solomon’s dad was? It was King David. I believe this verse teaches that Solomon treasured the instruction and counsel of his father. As a matter of fact, he gives testimony of it in verses three and four! Men, be sure to follow the examples of men in the Scriptures who led their homes in faithfulness to God. If you are saved, you may not have had a godly father growing up, but you do now!
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Quote: “A wise man learns by the experience of others. An ordinary man learns by his own experience. A fool doesn’t learn from anyone’s experience.”
2. A Godly Father Must Have Wisdom
A steadfast willingness is a necessity to a godly father, but willingness without wisdom is dangerous and leads to foolishness. It leads to Foolish thinking, Foolish actions, and Foolish parenting. A godly father must have godly wisdom. Maybe you have heard this old saying, “For every pound of learning a person has, he needs ten pounds of common sense to know how to use it.”
* 1 Kings 3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment
We see in verse seven of this passage the PRIORITY of wisdom.
* 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
* Wisdom was a priority to Solomon The Lord came to Solomon and told him he could have whatever he desired. After considering all that he could have in his life, Solomon asked God for discernment—he asked God for wisdom. And God granted his request and made him the wisest man who ever lived. I encourage you today to make Wisdom a priority. After all, it is the principle thing!