For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. ~Proverbs 4:2
Proverbs 4 is the instruction of a father to his son. I believe that it is a good pattern for parents to follow for the training and instruction of their children. As parents, we must have the conviction that we will never cease from being teachers of good things to our children, grandchildren, and future descendants. A father’s instruction is classified as good doctrine. Doctrine is what we believe and practice. Let us see a father’s doctrine this morning.
There is the acquiring of sagacity.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” The priority in developing our lives is the obtaining of wisdom. Wisdom is insight, foresight, sensibility, and good judgment. We get wisdom by being teachable. We learn from other people’s experiences and insight. We get wisdom from counsel. Counsel enables us to know right from wrong. It keeps us from making bad judgment calls. We get wisdom from reading. The Bible is the book of wisdom. We get wisdom from our mistakes and by not making the same mistake again. Wisdom enables us to see clearly, make sound decisions, and have foresight into the future. When we make the getting of wisdom our priority, there is promotion, honor, and a crown of glory.
There is the avoidance of the sinful.
“Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.” There are snares and traps on the pathway of life. They are set by those who are inclined to evil and want to make you one of their disciples. The path of the wicked leads us down a wrong road. It is a road where there is regret and ruin. It is a road leading to moral failure. It is a road leading to emotional dysfunction such as anger, bitterness, rage, and unforgiveness. It is a road that takes us in the wrong direction, far from God. It is a road that leads to destruction and a broken life.
There is the attention to our soul.
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” We must be diligent in guarding what goes into our heart. It is what comes out of our heart that defiles us. Our heart is the seat of our emotions. It is where we are influenced in our will and thoughts. It is where we make the most important decisions of our life. We must safeguard what comes into our thoughts. There must be the discipline of our eyes and ears. We must keep our eyes from wandering to people and things that will distract us to go down the wrong path. We must keep our ears from hearing criticism, gossip, and evil words. We must discipline our feet to not walk a pathway where evil lurks. Our soul is the most important part of us. We must watch and pray, lest we enter into temptation. We must hold fast to faith and a good conscience.
A daddy’s doctrine is to safeguard his children and descendants from the perils that seek to destroy our faith, our families, our future, and our fulfillment. If you have influence in the lives of other people, be sure that you dispense good doctrine. If you are young and maturing in your faith and walk of life, surround yourself with men who have spiritual wisdom, insight, and discernment. Let us all give ourselves to the matter of good doctrine!
Have a vigilant God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Daniel 4-6