Day 16

Parents and Children

from the reading plan

Proverbs 1:8-9, Proverbs 10:1, Proverbs 14:26, Proverbs 19:18, Proverbs 23:22-26

The book of Proverbs is a guide for pursuing godly wisdom in our daily lives. In this four-week study, we will read a selection of topical proverbs covering different aspects of wisdom, from how to interact with our friends, families, and neighbors, to fearing God and keeping His commands. No matter the subject, these proverbs urge us to wrestle with and reflect on our own response to them. To help you better engage with the proverbs in this reading plan, we have provided you with a short introduction and reflection questions for each day.

The last words in the Old Testament tell us the Messiah will “turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers,” healing what is broken between them (Malachi 4:6). Few relationships carry greater room for pain or influence than the parent-child relationship. The book of Proverbs does not assume this relationship is easy or naturally healthy, but it does acknowledge that it has the capacity to shape a young person’s life in beautiful and lasting ways.

Reflection Questions: 

Looking back, how did you see the wisdom in these verses modeled for you or not modeled for you when you were younger? What can you learn from that now?

Read Proverbs 10:1. Why do the actions of a child have so much impact on the hearts of his or her parents?

In what ways can the parent-child relationship uniquely cultivate understanding of the gospel in our lives?

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