THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019
TEXT: PROVERBS 15:5
â€œA fool despiseth his father’s instruction:Â but he that regardeth reproof is prudentâ€ (Proverbs 15:5).
An African proverb says, â€œWhen a child is cutting a tree, the elders know the direction the tree will fall to.â€ Our parents give us instructions based on their experiences in life. They knew the painful and regretful stories of disobedient children in the past. Hence C.H. Spurgeon cried out, â€œO fathers and mothers, the ruin of your children or their salvation, will, under God, very much depend on you.â€ Therefore, youths must give heed to godly advice and corrections from their parents, teachers, spiritual leaders and elders for them to succeed and soar like eagles. Our Bible text above teaches us the importance of parental instruction and obedience to parental advice by children for their own good. God testified of Abraham as a good family man and disciplinarian: â€œFor I know him that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord â€¦â€ (Genesis 18:19). His son, Isaac, submitted himself to his correction and it was well with him.
Challenge: Neglect of parental guidance is an invitation to regret.
Prayer: Father, make me an obedient child.
Quote: Give heed to godly advice and corrections
Bible Reading in one Year: Hebrew 12:5-11