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My Son, Rejoice…

Proverbs 5:1-2 “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, FOR the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:”

Considering our sons, teaching them about discretion and understanding in their relationships is very important. They should be alert to the characteristics of a “strange woman” and to any ways of life that will rob their futures of honor and respect.

Proverbs 5:9-10 “Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed…”

Any mother would want their sons to enjoy the fruits of their labors – not see someone else doing so. With motherly eyes, I am watching my teen sons developing into young men full of value and potential to be faithful and successful in whatever God leads them to do vocationally. They are all fashioned creatively by God, and my husband and I are enjoying seeing their different interests come to light.

Proverbs 5:15-18 "Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.”

On the flip side of teaching them to avoid dangerous women, this mother desires her sons to prepare to be faithful husbands, loving and rejoicing with their wives of their youth all their days. I pray now for their future wives, as God prepares them for my sons. I pray my sons will view their wives honorably as God’s appointed gifts to them.

“Let him that is married take delight in his wife, and let him be very fond of her, not only because she is the wife that he himself has chosen and he ought to be pleased with his own choice, but because she is the wife that God in his providence appointed for him and he ought much more to be pleased with the divine appointment, pleased with her because she is his own…think thyself very happy in her, look upon her as a blessed wife, let her have thy blessing, pray daily for her, and then ‘rejoice with her.’” – Matthew Henry

Ecclesiastes 9:9-10 “Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”

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