Perhaps it would be “wise” to clear up the phrase, “My son,” in verse eight. If we acknowledge that Proverbs was written for all mankind who acknowledge God as their Lord, and follow His teachings, then all children would be included in “My son.” Yes, and…
Since this is written to “children,” it would be good to remind ourselves that a main characteristic of “youth” is vulnerability. The young would disagree with parents who would say that they are ignorant of the ways of the world and have no foresight or insight to see the results, or consequences of their behavior. They need stern, loving advice and warnings from parents who “walk their talk” and have their best interests at heart.
No one has more responsibility for the “young” than a parent.
But there are other “parents” who are also guilty of neglecting children: the new Christian. This verse is an indictment on all of us who have allowed the young in Christ to face temptation, unarmed with the Word of God.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us for being negligent in instructing the young at home and in church. We need forgiveness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 1:8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.