Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:15
The salvation of the soul is such a wonderful thing that no other thing should come before it. Men are ignorant of the worth of their souls, and their danger. Alas! How common it is for men to spend all their care, time and strength, just for their body. Clothes and foolish fancies are all-absorbing. What a loss to entertain sin at the expense of God! Sin is delightfully admitted into every chamber of the soul, and it hides and excuses it. O what courting is between sin and the soul! O how it entertains sin and pushes out God! The soul in its imaginations actually advances the power of sin. The imagination is such a powerful force that all the other faculties cannot withstand it. Sin is presented to the soul, and the soul lifts up its eyes upon it, and the imagination delights in it. Had the imagination been on God’s side, it would have viewed the sin as ugly and ill favoured. It would resist it with great defiance. The sinful soul however entertains the sin by its imagination, and leads the sinner along to the actual fulfillment. The soul falls before the sin in a flame of love. Sin thus attacks at the level of the imagination first, to inflame the soul with sinful desires. How many times God issues warnings of judgment to the soul! God is such a lover of the soul that he seldom lets it go on in sin, but he cries to it by his Word and providences: ‘O do not do this abominable thing that I hate!’ The gospel is the sovereign remedy provided for those that have made themselves objects of wrath by the breach of the law. Christ is set forth to save our souls, bearing our sins for us, suffering God’s wrath for us, and fulfilling the law for us. And that, that we might have peace, joy, heaven and glory, forever and ever.
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?