GOT KIDS? Moving Toward Each Other in Wisdom. Part 1
Last week I dealt with the fool. This week I will address how parents move toward their children and how the children can move to their parents in wisdom.
First of all Proverbs points us to two places that wisdom begins: through the fear of the Lord and by knowledge. By this we can see that wisdom first is the characteristic of someone who is rightly related to God. When we consider the fullness of what foolishness is and what it brings, it is broken relationships. Sin separates us from God. Foolishness breaks the harmony of a relationship with others such as child to parent. The gospel is God’s remedy for brokenness whether it is our sin or eventually the redemption of the creation.
Secondly, if knowledge also is the beginning of wisdom, then wisdom suggests a concern for the way we use our minds. Wisdom is shown by the way our minds and hearts guide our actions. Our goal is to help our children develop a Christian mind that comes through the gospel so that we are “transformed by the renewing of our minds.”
Worldly wisdom or the thinking of the world is condemned to destruction (1 Corinthians 1:18-21) and is contrasted to Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God. When we are in Christ and have union with his life, death, and resurrection, we are enabled to engage in the task of putting things back in their order and place. Our relationship with God is restored because Christ’s merits are credited to us in the eyes of God and order is brought from the chaos of sin.
In John 10:10, Jesus offers life and said we can have it abundantly through him. The gospel that leads us to wisdom is not about what we can give to God through intellect but is about what God has and will do for us.
Tomorrow: Proverbs 4 and grasping wisdom.