Sunday, June 7, 2009
Good Son; Bad Son
A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother. (Proverbs 10:1)
This proverb is so true. A father's greatest joy is to see his son, into whom he has poured his life, prosper and succeed, and move beyond the successes of himself. A good father longs to be the shoulders upon which his sons can stand and see the green fields over the fence that the father could only hope to view.
On the other hand, mothers lament the son who rejects the efforts made by his father, and despises the sacrifices made by his mother. Such grief, experienced by the mother, is deep and mostly sustained until death or a change of heart by the wayward son.
O that God would grant wisdom to our sons. The Scriptures state: "Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction will drive it far from him." As corporal discipline is driven further and further from our cultural practices, so foolishness will manifest in greater measure in our sons. Watch! Emotional instability will also increase amongst our mothers as they carry deep and abiding grief.