Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD. Jeremiah 23:24
God is the mighty King of all the earth, the high and lofty one. He is so immensely great in himself, that the heavens cannot contain him. He made heaven and earth, and can unmake them. With his breath he can crush us to dust and unpin the world. The mountains quake before him. He does whatever he wills, and weighs the mountains in the scales. Who in the heavens can be compared with the Lord? He has the highest throne, the richest crown, and the largest dominion. All the angels serve him, and the earthly kings rule by his authority. If we belong to him, we are on the winning side, for he can destroy his adversaries with ease, pull down their pride and restrain their malice. Let us trust this King. Trust him with your soul for you cannot put this jewel in safer hands. He can make bare his holy arm. If means fail, he is never at a loss; there are no impossibilities with him; he can make dry bones live. He has the power of life and death in his hand and can cast body and soul into hell. There is great comfort to those who are the subjects of the King of heaven. He puts forth all his royal power for their comfort. He will plead their cause. He will protect his people and sets a invisible guard about them. He is a wall of fire around them, a wall of defense. When it is good for his people, he will raise up deliverance for them. He can save by any means. The fish’s belly was a ship that sailed Jonah safe to shore. God will never lack in ways to save his people. Rather than fail, God will use enemies to do his work. He delivers his people from temporal danger, and from spiritual danger, sin, and from hell. Dare to own God in the worst of times. He is King of kings, and able to reward his servants. We may be losers for him, but we shall never be losers by him.
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?