“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7).
Life is held together by a very intricate series of cause-and-effect relationships. Paul explains it in Galatians 6:7 by saying, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
You cannot obey God’s Word without being blessed; but you cannot ignore or disobey God’s Word without there being consequences in your life and in your relationships with others.
The moment we are wronged or offended, God gives us grace to respond with forgiveness. The reason why God supplies grace and the reason why we resist it is because His principles are the very opposite of our natural inclinations (Isaiah 55:8). Jesus says, “…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). Our natural inclination is to get even. But whenever you resist or reject God’s grace and violate His principles there will be consequences. Hebrews 12:15 warns, “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”
Wisdom is being able to see the connection between our violation of Biblical principles and the consequences or reproofs that we are experiencing in our lives. This is such an important Biblical concept to understand and one that we need to teach our children. If our children can see this connection they will then have the knowledge to resolve conflicts and have successful relationships. If they fail to understand this, they may just consider God’s reproofs as having a spate of bad luck. But there is no such thing as bad luck. Our lives are not governed by chance but by our attitude and response to the eternal truth of God’s Word.
Pray daily that your children might understand this truth and see life from God’s perspective.
Morris Hull, Home Life Ministries