Proverbs 19: King James Bible
Unruly Children – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nineteen, Verses 13-14
13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping. 14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Unruly Children
The two verses above are an understatement, and if you don’t know that first hand, then you’re living a blessed life. As a foolish son, I’ve done my share of bringing on the calamity in the past, and reaped the fruit from those days after being an adult, dealing with the foolishness of my own sons (and daughters).
But having said that, I’d like to bring this to a level where we can all associate, which is to take these two pieces of scripture in a spiritual sense. When we do that, we are referenced in two different ways.
First, we’re the son (or daughters) of our Heavenly Father. Second, we are the bride of Christ, so we collectively take the place of the wife.
But I wouldn’t go so far as to say that we actually cause the calamity to befall the Father. However, we can do an awesome job obliterating his plans for our lives, and also the lives of others. Mind you, we aren’t talking about non-believers here, as they would be a straight out fool by Biblical definition. But his children, who are indeed saved, yet behave foolishly.
Not paying any mind to the will of the Lord, or taking the time to get to know him in the least. It is completely possible, for someone legitimately saved, to go their own way and spend countless days grieving the Holy Ghost. As time passes, opportunities that the Lord provides are missed. Perhaps someone was supposed to have divine appointments to be lead to the Lord by this person, yet because this person was doing his own thing, missed it.
Chuck Missler years ago in a seminar said something that has always stuck with me. And the gist of it, was that one of the most troubling and emotional things that we may experience before the throne of the Lord, is learning of all the missed opportunities that we breezed past in life.
He wasn’t speaking to carnal opportunities, such as financial. But opportunities to lead others to the Lord, and opportunities to otherwise serve him. It is possible, that this will be one of the reasons, that the Lord himself will have to wipe away every tear.
If we are behaving foolishly, or in other words, treating our relationship with the Lord with an “out of sight, out of mind,” mentality, the Lord has to make provisions to find someone to pull your weight. He can get fairly irritated when he needs to do things like that, and in a sense, it can seem as a calamity to his plans.
I’m reminded of every time in the Old Testament, where he kept getting fed up with the children f of Israel. All that the Father had to deal with during their forty years in the wilderness is a perfect example.
Know the Father; know his heart and his ways. Do what he says to do, and avoid as many things that he’s warned us against as possible. Remember that the Lord is always with you; and grieve not the Holy Spirit of the Lord.
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 1: King James Bible
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Hebrews 3: King James Bible
7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11 So I swear in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
Titus 3: King James Bible
3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Thank you for all of your promises, including that you would never leave us or forsake us through Christ Jesus. Thank you for always being there, and please forgive us should we ever forget you are there, and behave in ways not fitting to the cause and call of Christ. Stir up our spirits, to always be mindful of your presence, and let us not miss out on anything that you have personally set aside for us to do in your service. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Wouldn’t you think that the Father would appreciate us being after his own heart, rather than having to deal with unruly children?