Let’s continue with the view of how a parent or elder should be in their walk.
Proverbs 4:3 – 5
When I was a boy in my father’s house,
still tender, and an only child of my mother,
he taught me and said,
“Lay hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands and you will live.
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or swerve from them. (NIV)
His father wisely told him to listen to the wisdom from his father and not to leave those teachings. Once again, yes you can look at this to remind your children and yourself to listen to the words that were taught to you by your parents and the elders in your family. But are the words coming from their mouths words that you should live by? Are their actions what you should follow? This is also talking to those elders. It is the responsibility of those elders to exhibit wisdom in all they say and do. It is their responsibility to be a light in the chaotic world around us so that we may be drawn to them to learn more wisdom and gain understanding. It is their responsibility to learn self-control and show us the fruits of the spirit. It is when they learn this that we are drawn to them and take their words to heart.
How is your walk with wisdom? How much time do you spend in the Word? How much do you pray that the Lord guide your tongue? Are you one that seeks to only state your opinions or to direct true wisdom? Are you one that has to have things their way and control lives or do you show submission to God?
This is a very important thing to look at deeply. If you are getting your dander up over this, then you are one that probably is not walking in wisdom. Wisdom begins with awe of the Lord and submission to His will. Have you submitted your entire being to Him? Are you willing to be shaped to be an elder worthy of the position?
I once challenged a class to list those they knew who were full of wisdom and ones they could go to for direction. It was so sad how few names were listed. It took me about a week to come up with 1 name. Others couldn’t come up with anybody. Why should we sit around and let that be the norm in the Christian family? The change starts within us. Continue the journey through Proverbs and let’s grow together.