The central theme of Proverbs is: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” (Prov 9:10) In Proverbs 4, the father calls for his child to be attentive to God’s commandments and teaching, for in them is found the knowledge of the Holy One who grants life, righteousness, healing, and direction. It is important for fathers and mothers to pass on the faith to their children, as Deuteronomy 6:6 reminds us: “Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.” We are called to make disciples (Matt 28:18-20) and the first place that should happen is in our own homes and in our churches. Martin Luther said, “Most certainly, father and mother are apostles, bishops, and priests to their children, for it is they who acquaint them with the gospel.”
Jesus is the fulfillment of all wisdom. Let us encourage each other with who and whose we are as we pass along the faith to each new generation.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, help us to live in your truth that sets us free to share the truth with others, especially our children, so that all may come to a saving knowledge and faith in you. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Doug Hefner,
Pastor of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.