“The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him”” (Genesis 18:17–19).
Notice the characteristics in Abraham’s life that made way for the wisdom of God to be passed on from his life to his marriage and family/household:
· He had an intimate, active relationship with God; “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?”
· He lived his life letting the promise of God actively guide him. Through a man like this, God will “surely [make] a great and mighty nation.”
· Such wisdom in a person with active faith will cause “all the nations of the earth [to] be blessed.”
· God purposely chose Abraham because God knew he would “command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice.”
The question for us is whether we are using and living the wisdom of God as we relate to our children and household? The word “command” means to “tell, instruct or give direction”. Solomon wrote Proverbs, mainly for his son, to give wisdom and instruction for so many areas of life. Children will not know or receive wisdom unless it is given to them as a regular diet. We will look in the next blog at some of the benefits of God’s wisdom gives when it is received.