By Gene Frost.
“The Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 1:7
Do you want your son to have a better life than you? I believe the majority of dads do. They want it better for their sons but here’s a bigger question. How do you do that? How do you prepare your son to have a better life than you?
The answer lies in Proverbs 1:7 which says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” We don’t know anything until we are taught. This verse says THE beginning of knowledge starts with the fear of the Lord. What is the fear of the Lord? Are we supposed to be afraid of God or Jesus? Not at all! The root of the word fear in this verse means to worship and show respect. So dad, the beginning of knowledge on how to give your son a better life starts with you worshipping and respecting your Creator and Savior.
When you worship and respect someone, they become a very strong influence in your life. As a boy, you might have worshipped an athlete or a famous person and this led you to imitate them. I had a favorite baseball player growing up and I would throw like him, catch like him, bat like him and even spit like him. I wanted to be like him. The book of Proverbs tells us the beginning of knowledge starts with us imitating our Lord Jesus Christ. So we need to study Him and learn how He lived so we can imitate Him, so we can worship Him and live a life that respects Him. When we do this, the knowledge we need to pass on to our son, regardless of his age, is given to us. “The fear, the worshipping and showing respect, of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge …”
And let’s not forget the rest of the verse. The second part of Proverbs 1:7 says “but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” If you reach a point in your life where you stop learning, you are a fool. If you reach a point in your life where you know it all, you are a fool. If you reach a point in your life where you don’t constantly seek the advice of other men, you are a fool. And this is not my opinion, this is what the Bible says. “But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
I grew up without a father active in my life. I now have three sons who are 22, 20 and 18 years of age. How in the world am I supposed to know how to raise my sons? How in the world do I give my sons a better life than I have? Proverbs 1:7 says the knowledge I need to do these things starts with me fearing my Lord and Savior. It starts with me worshipping and respecting my Lord and Savior. Thanks be to God for His Holy Word.
Gene has written a manhood curriculum for young men 12-19 years of age titled Adam 2.0 that provides a Biblical path to real manhood for young men. He has also had the tremendous honor of leading over 3,000 men into authentic manhood. Be sure to listen to the audio file titled “A Manhood Revolution” on his website www.areyoulistening.live