Proverbs 17: King James Bible
Crown of Old Men – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter seventeen, Verse 6
6 Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Crown of Old Men
How simple of a verse this is for some, yet one of the most difficult verses to read for others. Not difficult to understand, but difficult to swallow.
Why? Because of around 60-70 years of attacks on the family. Attacks that spawn spiritually, and also in the natural. My experience tells me, one leads to the other.
Just as anything that the Lord has established as his plan, the enemy has set up pitfalls all over the place, and most if not all of us, already know what they are. This world is against fathers being fathers, and mothers being mothers.
And why not? It takes a village to raise a child, doesn’t it? Odd how civilization has come so far, for thousands of years, with parents being the only parents involved with their children’s upbringing. Evidently, if it takes a village to raise a child, it’s because that’s how far removed things have become from the plans of the Lord.
This verse is concentrating on fathers, rather than parents. Fathers who one day will become grandfathers. This reminds me of something I heard somewhere, from someone (my apologies if that was too specific).
A brother in the Lord performing prison ministry recalled that when Mother’s Day rolled around, there would be cards being sent out heavily, as the inmates wanted to make sure they wished their mothers a happy one.
But when Father’s day rolled around, there was little to no change in the regular mail flow. Nobody thought to send out anything to their fathers for a host of reasons.
Among those reasons, were that some hated their fathers, or others never knew their fathers. So why is there such a big difference being displayed here?
Fathers in many ways, have strayed from the original plan of the Lord, and have become father figures, instead of fathers. What I mean is, if you take the Lord’s definition of a father, and the world’s definition of a father, they wind up being two different things.
Of course because everyone’s different, this varies in extremity from person to person. But for a father to be closer to any Biblical definition of what could be considered a father, the man needs to be right with the Lord in the first place. To me, that makes sense.
Anyways, the number of people who can read the verse above, and and know it’s the absolute truth from experiencing it, are getting fewer and fewer. I by no means exclude myself, as I say these things, as I know full well, I’ve made more than my share of mistakes in handling my own different relationships with my kids (now adults) over the years.
Only by the grace and mercy of the Lord, and through his guidance, can any path be made straight. And this goes for both sides of parenting. I look forward for my grandchildren being as a crown upon my head. Trust in the Lord, and he will not disappoint.
Related New Testament Scripture
Ephesians 6: King James Bible
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Colossians 3: King James Bible
20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
Hebrews 12: King James Bible
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
1 John 2: King James Bible
13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Thank you for being our ultimate example, of what a Father is, through and through. Help us to understand anywhere that we may be going wrong as parents, and correct us however you must. Make it clear in our eyes, where change needs to be made, and please aid us in the implementation of any of these changes, so that it is most effective for our children, be they young or old. We pray this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you look forward to wearing the crown of old men?