Proverbs: God’s Wisdom for Living

Posted: October 29, 2011 in Issues of the Heart, Living in Wisdom

My wife and I have been homeschooling for about 15 years.  It has been an amazing journey.  The way is fraught with ups and downs, success and failures, good choices and bad choices, good curriculum and bad curriculum.  At the beginning we were confused by the hundreds of theories on how to effectively educate your children at home.  There is the approach that you should just duplicate at home what goes on at the government schools (BTW, that’s a bad idea!).  There’s the approach of buying a turnkey “do-it-at-home” package that cookie cutters your children into a single approach and plans everyday out for you.  Then there is the approach that we quite quickly adopted, and that is a very eclectic approach that molds and adapts to the needs and learning styles of each child.

The very essence of why we homeschool is about relationship and discipleship.  We want to spend as much time around our children breathing into their lives as we can and that just isn’t possible if they are gone 9-12 hours each day.  But it wasn’t until two years ago that we stumbled, really, upon the notion of making God’s Word our core curriculum and then adding a few good things in around that.  And here’s why… And I quote right out of Kevin Swanson’s Introduction to his Family Bible Study Series

“Our first assumption, of course, is that God is very smart.  Assuming that it is HE Who is behind the marvelous design we call the “human being,”—and anyone that can create things like human beings has to be, we, smart – we turned to His Word. Thankfully He did not leave us without operating instructions.  But, like most fathers who try to assemble a toy on a child’s birthday and usually turn to the manufacturer’s instructions as a last resort, most people do the same thing when trying to figure out how to operate a human being. So finally, I picked up the Word if God and liked up the word “education” in the concordance.  Naturally, the Bible doesn’t have much to say about things like schools and education.  But I broadened my search to “knowledge,” “understanding,” and “wisdom,” and found that God has actually dedicated an entire book of the /bible to the subject of transmitting knowledge, wisdom,  and understanding to a child.  This [book] is Education/Knowledge/Wisdom 101, authored by God and conveyed by Solomon, who was endowed with supernatural wisdom by God Himself.”

What is important for us to learn?

As you study Proverbs you will quickly learn that there is not much to be said in it about geography, geometry, geology, grammar or algebra.  So, why would God neglect something as important to our existence as the “Pythagorean Theorem” in His textbook?  In the words of Radio show host, author, and father Kevin Swanson, “I submit that it is because geometry is, in the grand scheme of things, not all that important.  When it comes to the education of a child, it is faith and character that are primary in God’s estimation. They constitute the foundation, the studs, and the drywall in the “construction of a child.”  And geometry, geography, and geology are only the wall papering.  To attempt to teach geometry apart from character is akin to trying to place wallpaper on walls that do not exist, and that would be a prime example of “an exercise in futility.”

The truth of the matter is that most of us, you and me, where given a lot of stuff to hang on the walls without the foundational structures of faith and good character first.  We were shuffled off by well-meaning parents to a government school to be “educated.”  And what we got (along with exposure to lots of bad character from our contemporaries) was the cart before the horse.

Unfortunately, we are much more familiar with spelling and grammar, addition and subtraction, what Glen Beck said this week, who the presidential hopefuls are, the latest sport scores, and what’s on TV at 7pm, than we are about living a life of wisdom and knowledge.  We generally do not understand God’s design for economics.  Our culture applauds the early sexualization of our daughters and raising young men that are idiots and buffoons.  We laugh at the sitcoms that characterize men as belching, crotch scratching, couch dwelling clowns.  We don’t do well at friendships, we often don’t make good neighbors, and nationwide work-ethic is at an all-time low.

We need the transforming wisdom of the Proverbs.  God’s wisdom for everyday living.  We have found some wonderful resources that we use with our family in teaching the truths that God has given us in the Proverbs. I encourage you to invest in this study, and let God’s Word transform you and your family.


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