Proverbs 6: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Meditation for the Day

By Neal Luebbers

Proverbs 6:20

The sixth chapter of Proverbs can be broken into four clear sections that warn against specific sinful and immoral situations that our wandering and deceitful hearts lead us toward.  These topics include warnings against: 1) Rashly taking on the debts of others and forfeiting control of that which God has given us to steward (v. 1-5), 2) Laziness (v. 6-11),  3) Wickedness and the Lord’s hatred of it (v. 12-19), and  4) Adultery (v. 20-35).  Contained within this final section is the specific verse that I would like to draw your attention to today.  In the midst of all these heavy warnings, verse 20 gives us the encouraging and powerful reminder that the teaching of God’s Word within the home (by both the father and mother) is a heavenly weapon against these evil tendencies.

As parents, we have been granted divine authority within the home to set physical limits and guide the attitudes and thinking of our children.  The teaching of godly parents will “lead”, “watch over” and “talk with” (v. 22) their children through every situation, every place and every time in their lives.  The author of Proverbs goes on in verse 23 to say, “For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.”  The author of Psalms uses these exact same descriptive words (“lamp” and “light”) when referring to the very words of God (Psalm 119:105)! This reveals both the weight and the power of the responsibilities of godly parenting!  As you reflect upon these verses today, meditate upon the significance of the calling that parents have received and answer these three questions: 1) What am I actively teaching my children (or the children of others that God has placed in my life)?  2) What am I doing to grow in my understanding of God’s truth?  3) Am I learning with the mindset to teach the godly truths that are being taught to me?

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