My Son


 
Proverbs 3 begins with, “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.”

A lot of verses in Proverbs begin with “My son.” There is a sense of urgency behind those words. “My son, if sinners entice you do not give in to them” (Proverbs 1:10). “My son do not go along with them; do not set foot on their paths.” (Proverbs 1:13). “My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words” (Proverbs 4:20). “Listen my son; accept what I say” (Proverbs 4:10).

There is a fatherly sense of pride and love in the words “My son.” That is the spirit of the book of Proverbs; God, the Father, wanting the best for us–His sons.

He desires that long, successful, happy and prosperous life for us, but He also knows that we are in a fight. There is another voice calling for our attention. The same serpent that spoke to Eve, “Did God really say,” is speaking to us, and he wants our destruction. God knows the danger we are in, so He pleads with us, “Listen my son, accept what I say.” David’s son, Absalom, gives us an example of how real the danger is. He got caught up with bad company and made bad decisions. The serpent got to him, and it cost him his life. We can all relate examples of men, whose stubborn independence has cost them their health, their wealth, their happiness or their life.

When God says, “My son,” it’s not the time to be stubborn or independent; it’s time to accept what He says. He says, “Listen my son; accept what I say.” In other words, “I’m proud of you son, and I love you so trust me.” Trusting Him is the key. We have to believe that God wants us to have a good life. And, who knows better what is good than God.

“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.” That’s exactly what we want for our sons, a long, successful, happy, prosperous life. That’s what God our Father wants for us too: “Now, then my sons, listen to me.”

 

 

 

 

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