Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day 4 Avoiding foolishness

I am back! although I have not been able to post for the past few days due to traveling and the hustle and bustle that comes with it- I have not stopped praying for you guys and our sons. 

May our sons be like a poor person who walks in his integrity rather than one who is crooked in
speech and is a fool (Proverbs 19:1)
an excerpt from Brooke-"In their book, Instructing a Child's Heart, Tedd and Margy Tripp have this to say about foolishness: "The Bible's definition of foolishness is concise. 'The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'' (Psalm 14:1). If there is no God, I am autonomous - a law unto myself. There is no consideration in life more profound than, 'What will please me?' Children don't say those words, but such foolish thoughts are the underlying justifications for hundred of impulses every day. It is expressed in all the acts of disobedience, selfishness, willful temper, and compulsive self-love.""(p 112)
The definition of foolishness according to the Bible. I had never thought of it this way before. I wanted to post the text here so that we can meditate on it throughout the day and teach them to our little guys as soon as we can. I love the idea of teaching  that Brooke talks about, "but I believe with all my heart that
teaching both of my sons to think in biblical terms now will help them choose in biblical terms later." 

Psalm 14

"definition of a foolish man"
 1 The fool[a] says in his heart,
   “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
   there is no one who does good.
 2 The LORD looks down from heaven
   on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
   any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
   there is no one who does good,
   not even one.
 4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
   They devour my people as though eating bread;
   they never call on the LORD.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
   for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
   but the LORD is their refuge.

Proverbs 9

Invitations of Wisdom and Folly(differences between wisdom and foolishness)
 1 Wisdom has built her house;
   she has set up[a] its seven pillars.
2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
   she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her servants, and she calls
   from the highest point of the city,
 4 “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
 5 “Come, eat my food
   and drink the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave your simple ways and you will live;
   walk in the way of insight.” 7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;
   whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
8 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
   rebuke the wise and they will love you.
9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
   teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
   and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through wisdom[b] your days will be many,
   and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
   if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
 13 Folly is an unruly woman;
   she is simple and knows nothing.
14 She sits at the door of her house,
   on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling out to those who pass by,
   who go straight on their way,
 16 “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
 17 “Stolen water is sweet;
   food eaten in secret is delicious!”
18 But little do they know that the dead are there,
   that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.

Dear Lord, thank you so much for guiding us in your ways! we are so blessed to  have you as our guide in this life that can pull us in so many directions. Today we ask for wisdom in leading our sons to become wise men and not foolish men. Please draw near to us as we draw near to you! amen!
Gracefully Daisy