Author: Luke Anderson
Stop listening to instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge. (Proverbs 19.27, NIV)
If you are ever in our house and listening to our conversations, you will often hear the question: “Why?”
If something doesn’t go our way, our response becomes “Why this?” or “Why that?” I’m sure my parents get tired of hearing this. My sister and I both ask this question and some times the response from my father is “Because I said so”.
We want to think this is a sarcastic or rude response but in reality, this is the honest answer to our complaining. We often leave it at that. But sometimes we push our luck and say: “So? It doesn’t matter. What do you know, anyway?”
My father’s classic response is “When you have lived as many years as I have, let’s talk.” This aggravates us and you can probably see why, but when you think about it, he is so right. He is the smarter one and we are really not thinking when we say these things.
We know the Bible talks a lot about honoring your parents. However, when you are a teenager, you don’t always want to honor your parents. I think all parents that have had teenagers will agree, too often we want our way and to do our stuff.
Truthfully, we are selfish. We want what makes us happy and to do what feels good to us. We think our parents don’t know anything even though they have been around a lot longer and seen way more things then us. They don’t know how the world is now and are behind the times. But this is not true at all! We look at this proverb and discover that once we stop listening, we have moved away from knowledge. We are, as the Proverbs often says, the foolish ones.
This hurts me to say, but sometimes the “oldies” are right. [Tweet This]
Listen to their instruction.