Apr. 6. Wise Instructions for the Young

Prov. 3:1-35

Youth is the age in which to obtain wisdom. However, it is sometimes very difficult for the young to grasp the gravity of sage advice. The wise man summed up the entire philosophy of life in one short statement. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

The Proverbs writer instructed the youth to recognize that they do not know all of the answers to life’s challenges. They must look to the Lord to direct them from the pitfalls of evil. Children are God’s gifts to parents, but parents are also God’s gift to them. It is through their parents that young people receive the chastisement of the Lord for the errors of their ways. “For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.”

Wisdom is priceless. It is worth more that precious metals, gems and anything else that one may desire. Wisdom is the source of long life, riches, honor and peace. God perfected His creation by wisdom. A wise person is able to lie down and enjoy sweet sleep free from fear. He will promptly pay what is due and live peaceably with his neighbors. “The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools.”