There is a dramatic difference between the gifts parents can give their children and what God can give His children. Often we parents think we are doing great things for our children when we “endow” them with the “things” of this world. But those things, fortunately and unfortunately, have their limitations.
Financial and material gifts that are passed on to children have limitations. But God’s spiritual gifts have no limitations. So, from his God given wisdom Solomon brought this important fact to our attention: “Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.” We, as parents, cannot give our children what only God can give them: a prudent wife! What we give our children by way of inheritance is often controlled by legal and social contracts. But a “prudent wife” - which most parents would agree - is far more important for a son’s wellbeing and can only come from God.
If we, as parents, want our sons to have a “prudent wife” is there something we can do? Is there a method or plan that we are to follow? Do we go to church and find one who is “faithful” to the Lord in all things? Perhaps there are good places to start. However, prayer is the best place to begin. We may bless our sons materially but it is beyond our power to bless them spiritually and be assured that their wives are prudent: filled with God’s wisdom and bringing honor to His name by godly living. To find a “prudent wife” is a result of prayer, seeking God’s guidance and will and learning this fact from an early age.
But there is also a parental responsibility that we may easily overlook. A “wife who is prudent” does not just happen. She is the result of a godly mother who sets the example of a prudent wife by word and deed. Mothers shape the attitudes of “prudent wives.”
Prayer: Lord, all parents are involved and responsible to shape the lives and choices of our children. May we seek Your wisdom! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 19:14 Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord.