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Ancient Wisdom

My children complain about my rules, just as I complained about the rules of my parents. I was sure that all of that dated advice couldn't have relevance in contemporary culture. Times had changed. Certainly the rules should change also. As I grew, I rebelled against many of the standards I was taught. Much later, as an adult, there were times that I wished I had listened to parental wisdom. Instead, I had to learn through experience and then deal with the consequences of my actions. That's called learning the hard way.

Iím studying the book of Proverbs, in the bible. It is called a wisdom book. Much of this God inspired wisdom was written by Solomon, who is described as the wisest man who ever lived. It was compiled in 700 BC. This is ancient wisdom.

Proverbs 1:8-33 begins with Solomon telling his sons to listen to their fatherís wisdom and their motherís teaching. Commentators write that this teaching is translated as the ďLaw.Ē Good Jewish parents of that time were expected to be teaching Godís Law to their children, from the time they were born until they left home. It seems that their children were just as inclined to rebel as I was.

Solomon goes on to advise that following the teachings Ė Godís word - will bring honor, success, and admiration. He warns about peer-pressure. His sons should stay away from anyone who would invite them into unlawful activity, such as schemes to attain easy money. If they were to be pulled into those schemes, they would eventually experience loss instead of gain.

Solomon says that wisdom is readily available and it even calls out to them. He warns them against closing their ears to the voice of wisdom. He knows that they will regret the decision to reject Godís wisdom. Living by oneís own rules instead of Godís rules brings unwanted consequences.

Today, when knowledge of Godís teaching is easily attained Ė we have the bible - we still close our ears and our minds to the voice of wisdom. We discount a particular teaching because it is old-school, or because it is difficult to follow, and we prefer to take an easier, more popular path. As Solomon warned his sons; after we have gone our own way and made our mistakes, we will remember the godly teaching and realize its value. The seeds we plant, eventually sprout weeds that we must deal with. (Galatians 6:7) How much easier it would be to believe Godís Word and consider the warnings. God promises success. His promises, as well as his Laws, are true.

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