Then you shall take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. Isaiah 58:14
Converse much with Christ. Labor to be as David, continually with him. Communion with Christ will make you like him. It will engage and make you actually partakers of Christ’s love. Delight to walk with him, to meet him, to view his beauty, to hear his voice, to taste his sweetness. Take all occasions to present yourselves before him. Depart not out of his presence, until he smiles and he speaks kindly, and to your heart. Stay until he reveals his presence by impressions light, hear and enlargement. Remain until you find acceptance and peace. Enjoy his presence. Come with inflamed affections. You are unkind when you undervalue Christ: when you do not see enough value in him to take time to seek him, and show higher esteem for things of little worth; when outward enjoyments, relations and interests claim more of your thoughts and affections that Christ; when any object is more lovely, any happiness more desirable, and enjoyment more delightful than Christ’s presence, and when any suffering is more fearful than Christ’s absence or displeasure. When he comes will you send him away without admission? Will you refuse and weary him with denials and excuses? Are you so busily employed in the world that you cannot, or will not come? How often are we guilty of this! Love him in his person, his excellencies, his loveliness, and not just for what you can get out of him. Seeking only to get is a selfish love, and comes short of true friendship. His is not a true friend who loves you only for what he expects to get from you. His love to us counted nothing too hard, or too expensive, or too hazardous, or too grievous. Let us cross our carnal inclinations to follow him in painful and costly service.
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?