And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! (Pro 5:12-13)
In the passage above, the young man is lamenting that he had not heeded and obeyed the good instructions and reproofs from the voices of his teachers.
As parents, teachers, preachers, and mature Christians, we have a great responsibility to let our voices be heard by those God has placed under our care and influence. These may be our children. They may be our classroom students. They could even be those young people with whom we have influence in the workplace or social settings.
How much tragedy and sorrow could we have avoided If we had just listened to the teachers God gave us. Let us consider the voices we hear today. Some we are to listen to and some we should refuse to hear.
A voice to heed – The Saviour’s voice
And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. (Gen 3:8)
God wants to speak to us. God has spoken to us, through His Word. Read it. Hear it. Obey it.
What a joy it is when we are right with Him and what fear we experience when we have disobeyed Him.
A voice to heed – The Spirit’s voice
Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. (Act 8:29)
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1Co 2:13)
A voice to heed – The Lord’s Servant’s voice
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. (Heb 13:17)
A voice to shun – Satan’s voice
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (Gen 3:1)
A voice to shun – the sinner’s voice
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. (Pro 1:10)
What does our voice say?
If people took all our counsel, would it be good instruction or bad? Would it tend to great holiness and righteousness, or just another worldly life?
Parents, the most heard, most holy, and most instructive voice your kids should hear is yours! For their sake, take the time to instruct. Take time to prepare instruction. Be willing to give reproofs. Let your voice be one they remember all their lives.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Pro 22:6)
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