Hey dads! I am coming at you with a very important question and topic. Who has your child’s heart? There are many things and activities in the life of a child today that pull their attention away from us as parents. In time it can cause a separation of sorts between you and your child. The way to avoid such issues is to have your child’s heart. But what does that mean? How do you get and keep your child’s heart.
1 My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 listening closely to wisdom
and directing your heart to understanding;
3 furthermore, if you call out to insight
and lift your voice to understanding,
4 if you seek it like silver
and search for it like hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and discover the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
1 My son, don’t forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commands;
2 for they will bring you
many days, a full life, and well- being.
3 Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you.
Tie them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will find favor and high regard
in the sight of God and man.
1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s discipline,
and pay attention so that you may gain understanding,
2 for I am giving you good instruction.
Don’t abandon my teaching.
The book of Proverbs is a book that I have found myself reading more and more lately. I am finding that it provides me with knowledge and understanding that was good many years ago and is still needed and used today.
Men, we need to take the time to teach or disciple our children in the ways of the Lord, and in the ways of man. That is what is being said in the first part of chapter 3 of Proverbs. If our children will remember and listen to our teachings, they will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man. I remember hearing my granddaddy say that a mans word was his bond. Today that is becoming a joke.
Proverbs chapter 4 starts out telling the son to listen well because we, the dads, are giving good advice and instruction. Where are you getting your instruction for your children? From what is trending on Google? Twitter? The local gossip at work? It should be from God’s word. If you are not reading it, start. If it gets confusing because of the old language, get a new version. I have recently moved over the Holman Christian Study Bible because it makes more sense and is easier to read.
Lastly I leave you with this today.
10 Listen, my son. Accept my words,
and you will live many years.
11 I am teaching you the way of wisdom;
I am guiding you on straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction; don’t let go.
Guard it, for it is your life.
Dad, it is our responsibility to set our children on the straight path so they will not stumble. It is not your wife’s job, it is not a public school teacher’s job, it is not your child’s Sunday school teacher’s job, it is your job. The biggest job that you have facing you is to hold on to your child’s heart and guide it. You will not get paid money, there are no vacation days, sick leave or promotions. You are already at the top of the ladder. You are the dad!
Take the lead dad and show love, kindness, truthfulness, honesty, and a desire to lead your child’s heart. Because if you do not, someone else will.