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The Third Step to Wisdom

Frank Hamrick, Sept. 4, 2013

Proverbs 2:2

“So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding.”

Two problems confront the modern parent: truth is not always easy to understand, and children are increasingly less able to concentrate. Yet without understanding, youth have not learned. This verse teaches that a person must “incline” his ear to wisdom, and his heart to understanding. Incline translates the Hebrew word meaning “to stretch out, to spread out.” Wisdom and spiritual understanding come by stretching out our minds to grasp truth.

Youth who cannot concentrate cannot learn. We can blame the problems on TV, rock music, or modern culture, but blame doesn’t solve the problem. We must teach the mysteries of God to an increasing number of children with learning disabilities.

Be very careful that you don’t write off your children as ADD and define them by their challenges. Often, the very youth who cannot concentrate in school can be led to have a heart for God. Peter was probably not the greatest student in Galilee High. He was probably “hyper-active,” and always “mouthing off.” Yet he had a heart that could be reached. Both Paul the scholar and Peter the scoundrel were greatly used of God. Why? Because God is concerned with the heart. Many who cannot stretch their minds to grasp subjective concepts have a heart that can be stretched out to wisdom. Your job is to reach their heart and to give them a thirst for the things of the Lord.

Final thought: Work on your child’s heart, and the head will follow!

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