Desire for Understanding

“My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding. That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.” – Proverbs 5:1-2

Like any father, Solomon desires the best for his son. And like any good father, Solomon seeks to instruct him in wisdom and character that is necessary for life.

Attend – The father can give good advice and important, wise truths that the son needs to have. But Solomon knows that the son must “attend,” (i.e. want to learn and understand). The thirst for understanding comes from a reverence for God and a desire to know Him. Solomon emphasizes this by using the phrase “bow thine ear.”

Regard discretion – This emphasizes the aspect of one’s choice. An estimation of value is placed upon the father, his wisdom, and the relationship the son desires with his father. This sense of value causes the son to place a priority in what he perceives as what is most important. His father guides this by his example and life. Discretion is the moral aspect of the choice. The son decides to do right or wrong based upon his regard for God’s Word (Prov. 1:4).

The end result of attending to wisdom and regarding discretion is that a child’s future speech and therefore his life is guided by knowledge and truth instead of rash impulse and emotion.  What is guiding your life and dictating how you make choices?  Chose God’s wisdom!