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Devotional for 7-5-2019

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There is a dramatic difference between the gifts parents can give their children and what God can give His children. Often we parents think we are doing great things for our children when we “endow” them with the “things” of this world. But those things, fortunately, and unfortunately, have their limitations.

Financial and material gifts that are passed on to children have limitations. But God’s spiritual gifts have no limitations. So, from his God-given wisdom, Solomon brought this important fact to our attention: “Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.” We, as parents, cannot give our children what only God can give them: a prudent wife! What we give our children by way of inheritance is often controlled by legal and social contracts. But a “prudent wife” – which most parents would agree – is far more important for a son’s wellbeing and can only come from God.

If we, as parents, want our sons to have a “prudent wife” is there something we can do? Is there a method or plan that we are to follow? Did we take them to church to find one who is “faithful” to the Lord in all things? Perhaps this a good places to start. However, prayer and devotions at homes are also essential. We may bless our sons materially but it is beyond our power to bless them spiritually and be assured that their wives will be prudent. This comes from following God’s wisdom and will bring honor to Him. To find a “prudent wife” is a result of prayer, seeking God’s guidance, by being patient, waiting on the Lord, and seeking His will.

But there is also another parental responsibility that we may easily overlook. A “wife who is prudent” does not just happen. She is the result of a godly mentor/mother who sets the example of a prudent wife by word and deed. Mothers shape the attitudes of “prudent wives.”

Prayer: Lord, all who are parents are involved in and responsible to share in and shape the lives of our children. May we seek Your guidance and follow Your wisdom! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Proverbs 19:14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. 

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