Parental Guidance

“The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.” Proverbs 31:1

For the most part, Proverbs has been penned by King Solomon. When he was young, God gave him the opportunity to ask for whatever he wanted.

That was huge.

He could have asked for great riches.

He could have asked for great power and influence.

He could have asked for long life for himself and death for his enemies.

He didn’t.

Solomon asked for wisdom.

As we have read through this amazing book of Proverbs we have seen the wisdom of Solomon but we must realize that every bit of it came straight from the heart of God.

Now we come to the end of the book and another character seems to be writing the words. Who is King Lemuel?

In reality, we don’t know. Some Biblical scholars believe it is another name for King Hezekiah. Could it be? Yes.

Some believe it is a pet name for Solomon that his mother, Bathsheba, called him.

Could that be the case? Again, yes.

Historically speaking Lemuel doesn’t show up on the big stage, but regardless of who this is, God is the author and He influenced Lemuel’s mother who then passed on the wisdom.

Sometimes we struggle as parents…are we getting through? Are we making an impact on our kids? Often, they don’t appear to be listening, but are they? When they are grown will they repeat to their own children the very things we’ve taught them?

We can be encouraged by this section that our teaching of God’s word is in fact penetrating their hearts.

Lord, help me to be faithful to pass on Your Word to my children and grandchildren.

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