Posts Tagged ‘Proverbs 23:24’

Godly parents and their children

June 15, 2017

In anticipation of Father’s Day, which occurs on the third Sunday in June, the Verse of the Day for June 15, 2017 is taken from Proverbs 23:24 in the Message Bible:

[Buy Wisdom, Education, Insight ] [16] Listen with respect to the father who raised you, and when your mother grows old, don’t neglect her. Buy truth—don’t sell it for love or money; buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight. Parents rejoice when their children turn out well; wise children become proud parents. So make your father happy! Make your mother proud!

Here is how the New Living Translation puts it:

Proverbs 23:23-25

23 Get the truth and never sell it;
also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.
24 The father of godly children has cause for joy.
What a pleasure to have children who are wise.
25 So give your father and mother joy!
May she who gave you birth be happy.

The relationship between godly parents and their godly offspring is one of mutual joy, deep satisfaction, and utmost pleasure. Children seek to bring a smile to their parents’ faces, as they yearn to hear parents express some variation of these affirming words, “I am so proud of you.” Similarly, Jesus Christ in his relationship with his heavenly Father, seeks to please Him, “. . . to do the will of Him who sent Me and to completely finish His work.” As the Lord is embarking upon the final phase of his ministry on earth, a voice from heaven speaks, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased and delighted!” (Matthew 6:13—Amplified Bible).

This discussion occurring prior to Father’s Day brings to mind a conversation I had with my father a number of years before his passing in 1996. The situation inspired the following poem which captures the essence of what the Verse of the Day is attempting to convey:

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

There was a time when I would stretch my mind,
Make a list and try to think of the perfect gift,
As we approached Father’s Day, the third Sunday in June.
Now let me see what will it be?
I know. . . a portable radio. . .
What about a shirt—extra-large—to fit?
Pajamas, house shoes, another Dopp kit?
Each year I would really try, as I resolved:
No more cologne—not another tie!
One year I ran out of ideas, and so I asked,
“Dad, what do you want for Father’s Day?”
He thought awhile and in his own quiet way,
He smiled and had this to say:
“Just between me and you,
Here’s what you can do.
Just keep me proud of you.
Son, just keep me proud of you.”

Now when my daughters ask,
What can they get me for Father’s Day,
I fondly remember, and I smile and say,
“The words of your Grandpa are still true.
As he said to me, so I say to you:
‘Just between me and you,
Here’s what you can do.
Just keep me proud of you.
Girls, just keep me proud of you.”

We close with “Just to Please You Father” by Fighting Instinct:

A wise child: Father’s delight

June 15, 2015

Proverbs 23--24A year ago, Proverbs 23:24 was actually the Verse of the Day for Father’s Day. Today, June 15, 2015, happens to occur six days before Father’s Day, and the Verse of the Day from Proverbs 23:24 is a prelude of this occasion which takes place on the third Sunday in June. For a greater appreciation of the words of wisdom and their application, let’s take a look at Proverbs 23:23-25 in the New Living Translation:

23 Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.
24 The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise.
25 So give your father and mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy.

Another verse from Proverbs related to fathers also comes to mind at this time.

Proverbs 10:1 (NLT)

The proverbs of Solomon: A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother.

A related verse is also found in Proverbs 27:11 (NLT):

Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad. Then I will be able to answer my critics.

These verses provide an introduction to a Father’s Day Tribute this year, and I am modifying the entry that was posted on Father’s Day, 2014:

In reflecting on Father’s Day, I recall that as believers we have a remarkable inheritance of faith, the Faith of our Fathers, that has been passed down to us from countless generations, going back to Abraham, the father of faith, passed on to the mighty men of faith of the Old Testament all the way through to Jesus Christ, for we have received the “faith of Jesus Christ.” Moreover we are surrounded by the great cloud of witnesses spoken of in the New Testament and giants of faith who have lived beyond the first Century, as we are still inspired by the lives of great men of faith today. Men of faith inspire faith in others, as this original Father’s Day poem speaks of that priceless inheritance passed on:

Legacies

I

Faithful and true heroes ever remain
And generate legacies we pass on
To each generation, father to son,
Heart to heart. The light of life left behind
Ever shines to brighten the path of truth,
Raised and then passed on from elder to youth.

II

Faithful and true heroes ever remain for all
Who hear the mandate and rise to answer God’s call.
Our lives of service are legacies we pass on
To the next generation, from father to son.
With the love of Christ in us, we tear down each wall.

We rally to support a brother should he fall.
Our ears have been pierced with the sharp tip of an awl:
A covenant of blood ever seals our union.
Faithful and true heroes ever remain.

Spiritual athletes excel beyond glove or ball.
They seek to bring out the best, as iron sharpens iron,
Striving to finish strong and pass on the baton.
On the shoulders of our fathers we now stand tall
To view the future where greater victories are won.
Faithful and true heroes ever remain.

The accompanying video “Remember and Reflect” also reveals the special bond between fathers and sons.