Godly Parental Advice Provides Discretion

Proverbs 5:1-2

“My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: that thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.”

This passage begins with a typical exhortation by a godly father that his son would pay attention to the wisdom he seeks to impart to him (cf. Proverbs 2:1; 4:1, 20). The father’s wise advice is ultimately from God Himself (cf. 2:5-7). It is indeed a great blessing to have godly parents who lovingly and passionately provide godly advice to their children.

So, the child is urged to pay attention to the godly advice of his parents – “attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding.” Our children are growing up in a world where there are ungodly voices that try to influence and mislead them. Hence the earlier warning by the godly parent: “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not” (Proverbs 1:10).

Parental instructions received during childhood will prepare children to face a world filled with tempters and deceivers. Parental advice will equip children with discretion. Godly advice of the parents will help children make wise choices when they grow up and leave the safety of the home. Children, who have taken to heart the wise counsels of their godly parents, will have divine wisdom to guide and protect them all the days of their life on earth.

Children who recall and apply godly advice of their parents will be able to muffle the call of the ungodly people. Their response to those who tempt them will be with wisdom and discretion; their “lips will keep knowledge”. They would refuse the invitation of the tempters, and with knowledge and boldness, they would answer them.

Prabhudas Koshy