“How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge.”
These days, our nation is in troubled waters, and the problem is rooted in fathers who fail to accept their responsibility. The Book of Proverbs reveals how to be the father of a wise child.
When our children are young, they are simple, ignorant, and careless, which is to be expected. However, some children are never taught to grow in wisdom and remain simple in their adulthood. They may have knowledge, but they lack spiritual wisdom and understanding. They are easily led into error, ready to believe anything.
If a child remains naive and has not been led by his or her father, he or she defies instruction and despises the good and godly. Because of this, he or she is destined for destruction.
Those who reject godliness are very hard to reach, but there is still hope for them. If they are not reclaimed, they become fools; the scoffer is disrespectful, but the fool is immovable. The fool rejects wisdom, ridicules righteousness, and rejoices in iniquity. His or her moral sense has been so perverted, he or she thinks good is evil and evil is good.
• What are some ways you have rejected godly teaching and thinking in the past?
• How has God moved you from a place of rejection to wisdom?
Who do you know that needs guidance in wisdom? How can you connect with that person this week to seek to point him or her toward the wisdom of God?