The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon (also considered the wisest man) and consists of condensed nuggets of wisdom. These nuggets are to help instruct us in our everyday life and responses to life’s matters, whether they’re social, business, or domestic.
We can acquire facts and have knowledge, but wisdom is the ability to apply these facts to your everyday life. Verses 1-7 explain why King Solomon had written these proverbs and how he wanted people to have successful lives.
“(8) My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. (9) What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.”
I had learned this the hard way. There are times when I thought my mom had no idea what she was talking about and couldn’t possibly understand what I was “going through”. Turns out, my mom was normally right and it kinda stung when her loving words translated into an “I told you so” statement. Whether it was about friendship, college, life’s decisions, or just stupid rough moments one has in life, she always knew how to guide me and provide the right words of instruction. There’s a reason one of the commandments are, “honor thy mother and father”, because they have the correct instruction for your life.
I understand that some parents really don’t earn the right to guide and assist their kids/kid. And that’s unfortunate, but that’s also when we need to seek counsel from someone who does know and that we have high respect for. That’s also a time when we need to seek our Father… our Dad… the one who stops everything He’s doing to listen to us and help guide us.