My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: (Proverbs 1:8)
Today's Morsel: Have you ever made the comment, "If I knew what I know now back then, I would have done things differently." How many times would you say that when you were young your parents told you things to do and you thought they were dumb, and so your didn't do them only to find out later in life that they were right. It has been stated that you don't get old being a fool. The 5th commandment is the only commandment with a promise, Paul said, and it is, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth" (Ephesians 6:1-3). Paul also wrote to Timothy, that in the last days that men would be disobedient to parents ( 2 Timothy 3:1-7). Solomon calls for us to hear the instruction of thy father and forsake not the law of thy mother. This scripture not only applies to the natural, but to the spiritual as well. Paul told Timothy, "Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity"(1 Timothy 5:1-2). The mature and faithful elders in Christ, in the church, should be respected and listened to as a father and mother by the young and not so young, he said. Their advice, guidance, wisdom, and knowledge can aide many younger members in how to walked before God and to keep themselves pure from the snares of the enemy. Solomon said that if we will heed the instructions of a father and a mother, they shall be an ornament of grace unto our heads, and chains about our necks (Proverbs 1:9). In other words, they will keep you safe and your life will be secure. What would you change about your life if you could turn back the hands of time.
Sing: Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, then to trust and obey.