If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Exodus 25, John 4, Proverbs 1, 2 Corinthians 13. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Proverbs 1.
Our culture and society values youth. Young people create trends and decide what is in and out of fashion. They spend a lot of money, too, so they get attention from those who create media and have products to sell. Because education is valued in our society, young people often think they know more than their parents and other older adults. Some young people may have more knowledge than their parents or older adults. After all, they are learning everyday and we are far removed from school. I’m not sure I could tell you what the capitol of every state is anymore and any algebra I once knew is long gone, so my kids probably feel pretty smart when they talk to me about those subjects. Furthermore, technological and scientific advances have rendered some of what we learned obsolete.
But there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is factual; wisdom is moral. Knowledge is theoretical (often) while wisdom is practical. Knowledge can help you earn a living but wisdom can show you the best way to live. As parents and adults, we can look back on some of our regrets and see how they could have been avoided. We’ve seen others we know make foolish decisions that damaged their lives and brought them immense pain. For these reasons, Solomon opened his book of wisdom with a strong urging to his son to listen “to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” A child who learns from his parents’ instructions can stand on their shoulders, so to speak. He or she can avoid the moral pitfalls and life or career-damaging mistakes that their peers will make because they took to heart the wise advice given by their parents. What are some ways we can pass on wisdom to our children? What have you learned about how to help your kids be receptive to the wisdom you offer them? Post any insights you have on this in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.