My Favorite Proverbs: Seven Things We Know about Wise People
A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother (10:1).
1. They are taught by the testimony of the Lord.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple (Psa. 19:7).
A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel (Prov. 1:5).
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil (Prov. 3:7).
…and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 3:15).
2. They love the souls of men and women.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise (Prov. 11:30).
3. They keep good company.
He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed (Prov. 13:20).
4. They put a high priority on healthy marriage.
The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands (Prov. 14:1).
5. They hear the sayings of Jesus and do them.
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock (Matt. 7:24-25).
6. They often look like fools in the eyes of worldly people.
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise (1 Cor. 3:18).
7. They live carefully and prudently.
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Eph. 5:15).
Bible Time with Glenn and Cindy
1. Read to your children 2 Samuel 11:2-5 and explain to them, in age-appropriate terms, what David did in these verses. For young children, it will be that he saw another man’s wife and he wanted her for his own, because she was beautiful. For older children, you will explain that he lusted for her and he sinned by having a sexual relationship with her. For all children, explain that stealing is stealing, whether it is a man’s money or his wife. “It’s called adultery when it’s a wife instead of money that is taken.”
2. For teens, here, fill in the details about the pregnancy and the selfishness of David, in not thinking about the involvement of innocent people (like a baby) in his grievous sin.
3. Also here, talk to your kids about the messengers in this passage. Was it fair for David to ask his messengers to help him sin? What should the messengers have done when asked to go and get the beautiful woman for David? Do you think they knew they were helping him “steal” another man’s wife? Has anyone ever asked you to help them do wrong? (Give examples like asking to copy your homework or asking you to tell a lie to help keep a secret or asking you to hide something that got broken. It’s fun to make up these scenarios and ask your kids “What should you say if someone asked you to do this?”)
4. For younger children, for now, just tell them that Bathsheba went back home, but she was afraid that her good husband would find out that she and David had been acting like they were married. She was afraid Uriah would find out that she had gone to the palace to be with another man who was not her husband.
5. All ages should learn that David violated the seventh of the ten commandments and they should be able to quote that command from Exodus 20:14. For those who have the Hannah’s Hundred 2 CD, all of the ten commandments are included in song there and this would be a great time to learn to sing them.
6. I hope you can emphasize to your children that David decided to sin by taking Bathsheba. Up until he actually committed this sin (had her come to the palace and took her in), he could have repented of his wish to have Bathsheba and prayed to God for help in staying far from her. But, instead, he made a choice that is going to have some very bad consequences. Teach your children that when we think about doing something that’s wrong, we should quickly change our minds before we actually do the wrong thing. (Explain this to young children by talking to them about a beautiful chocolate cake that you have told them not to touch. Explain to them that they should not go to the drawer to get a fork or to the cabinet to get a plate. They should not take the lid off the cake stand. But explain to them that it’s all pretty easy to fix until they actually touch the cake. But once it’s cut and eaten, there are some consequences that are not fun.)
Make a list of things we might say in our homes, to try and think before we disobey or act disrespectfully. In our house, they included these. You will have your own:
–“Think about this before you choose, now.”
–“Make a good choice.”
— “Are you sure this is what you want to do?”
–“This is not going to end up good. Think about it.”
–“Wait and minute and think. Do you know what is going to happen if you disobey?”
The goal here is to get your children to ask these warnings on their own, even if you are not with them when the temptation comes.
7. Have teens think about people they know who have already made choices that have had bad endings. Have a conversation about these “real-life” choices that should have been stopped before certain actions were committed. If they cannot think of any in their circles of peers, remind them of the decision to sell Joseph (how much pain came in the lives of the brothers once they decided to do that and how they had to start deceiving to cover their tracks.) Remind them of Potiphar’s wife’s decision to lie about Joseph and how an innocent man suffered much because of a selfish choice on her part.
Pray with your children.
Be sure they can repeat God’s ideal for marriage: One man and one woman for life.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.