Just sitting here reflecting after reading some great advice this morning – a reminder actually – from Proverbs 6:20-35. Thinking about the great advice my dad and mom, Ewalt and Vera Bartel gave me as a young man… advice about a lot of different subjects, all grounded in reverence for the Lord, and anchored to the clear teaching of God’s word. I’m much older now, but looking back on what they told me, it has stood me in good stead for the challenges and temptations I’ve faced!
If you’ve had parents who gave you godly instruction, you are blessed indeed! And if you didn’t have biological parents who instructed you, but had adoptive parents who did it – or even “spiritual parents” who mentored and taught you, praise the Lord! My advice today? Recall, reflect on, and relish some of that instruction! It will bring back sweet memories, engender deep appreciation, and probably help you in something you’re facing right now!
Here’s how the writer of Proverbs expressed it:
“My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching! Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.” (Proverbs 6:20–23 ESV)
Oh, and then what follows is some great advice and guidance (and warning) about moral purity… teaching that I would say, is pretty important in our culture today!