As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God. Psalm 42:1
Those who enjoy God are in pursuit of still more. They are always breathing after him, and desire to enjoy more communication with him. The wicked are always running from God and seek refuge away from his company. The whole tendency of our soul towards God is expressed by verbs of motions: running, our earnestness to enjoy God; and seeking, our diligence in the use of means. The great care of our souls is to find God, that he may direct, comfort, strengthen, sanctify, and teach us to sweetly enjoy his grace. If we are to find him, we will find him where he is to be found: in his Word, prayer, and in the assembly of his people. Enjoying fellowship with Christ is the goal of all our effort. To serve God is one thing, but to seek him is another. To serve God is to make him the object of worship, to seek God is to make him the end of worship. There are many who hover about the palace that do not speak with the prince. A formal person goes from ordinance to ordinance, and is satisfied with the work. The godly man seeks to go away with God. If God is not found in the ordinance, we must continue seeking that we find him in the next. Sometimes, God will not be found in public, that he might be found in private. In prayer, we come most directly to enjoy God. But if you cannot find God in prayer, look for him in the supper, or in the Word. If he is not comfortably present in the Word, seek him by meditation. When we have sought him in public worship, and he is silent, he might be found in the night as we meditate. We must follow on. It is great pride in carnal men, if God does not meet us presently, to throw it all away. We must keep seeking, like Jacob; ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me’ (Gen. 32:26).
Many young parents today are beside themselves with anxieties about their children, and, sadly, confusion too about how to nurture them. The ongoing addiction of our times to the heresy of modernity and its proud rejection and ignorance of the tested and tried wisdom of the past, inevitably leads to dysfunction in home and family life. Sadly, the older, wiser counsel of God’s Word, and especially of the book of Proverbs, is unknown or neglected. Yet Proverbs was composed specifically as a manual for home and family instruction, and to prepare us for life in the world. It is a divinely given handbook to help parents.
Proverbs and Ken Wingate following them shows us the way to possess the jewel of all jewels in a well-adorned life: wisdom that is rooted in the knowledge of, and reverential love for, God. Here is true wisdom that will prove to be worth its weight in gold in every age and culture. Ken Wingate now brings it into our needy culture, and I for one am grateful to him for sharing his gift as a father with other fathers and mothers, and sons and daughters too.
Here then is a book for parents to read on their own; for teenagers to read on their own; for parents and teenagers, who are willing to take the family challenge, to read round the table after dinner or on other occasions. It points us to Gods way. It promises us God’s grace. What could be better for us than that?