An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Calamity Jack

(Proverbs 19:13 KJV)  A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

A “foolish” (3684) “son” (1121) is equated with a nagging “wife” (802).  That I can understand.  Both make life miserable.  It also seems to indicate that the offspring is a greater tragedy than the spouse.  Notice that the son is destructive while the wife is just extremely irritating.  I would think it would be the other way around, after all the son will eventually move out the wife is until “death do us part.”

Is it possible that fathers are destroyed by the foolishness of their children because they had a hand in training them?  You wife has a developed personality when you were married.  I guess you could make it worse but ultimately being a nag is her issue before God, not yours.  When you see that your son or daughter have no common sense or intellectual foundation you don’t really have any one else to blame.

So?  If it is not too late, get into the parent role immediately.  That starts with setting the example.  If your children are grown, it may be too late, it may not.  Do the best you can.  Repent and confess as needed.  God will forgive.  Hope that your children will. 


buddeshepherd said...

I have difficulty with being a good example. I'm not much of an authoritarian and I certainly have feet of clay. I do not have the self discipline of my parents who were excellent examples.
For example, the only time I heard my dad say a bad word was in absolute desperation and I pretended not to hear it.
It is a difficult thing.

Pumice said...

We all have that problem. It doesn't help much but you would probably find that you are still doing better than the general population. The best you can do is the best you can do. Your daughter will know when that happens. And God certainly knows.

Grace and peace.