As I meditate on Proverbs 1:8-9, I do not only see my children’s responsibility, I also see my responsibility as a parent. My responsibility is to ensure the laws I put in place are good and will ultimately be graceful to them. God, our heavenly father does not ask us to do what he has not already equipped us for. He makes obedience and doing His will easy, so we can enjoy the benefits of being his children (1 John 5:3, Philippians 2:13, Philippians 4:13). Consequently, we must do our part to make it easy for our children to honor us and experience God’s promises concerning obedience to parents.
After meditating, I did further studies using Bible commentaries. The commentaries on Proverbs 1:8-9 are interesting.
Gill’s Exposition states:
Every mother of a child, who having an equal or greater tenderness for her offspring, and a true and hearty regard for their welfare, will instruct them in the best manner she can, give the best rules, and prescribe the best laws she can for their good; and which ought to be as carefully attended to and obeyed as those of a father; and she is particularly mentioned, because the law of God equally enjoins reverence and obedience to both parents, which human laws among the Gentiles did not; and because children are too apt to slight the directions and instructions of a mother; whereas they carry equal authority, and have in them the nature of a law, as those of a father.
Gill’s commentary is so good! Let’s reflect on the commentary: I have noticed that the little one follows his father’s instructions more quickly than he follows mine. Is this very common? There is so much to draw from in this commentary. Please share your thoughts on the commentary.