Proverbs 4Some people grow up in families where wisdom is modeled and taught by their parents. They have the privilege of receiving wise advice at home. Many of us grew up in families that were crazy. Our parents didn't provide wise guidance for us. This deprivation can leave us wondering how we can fill up the void of what we missed. We may feel like the rest of the human race has passed us by. Some of us feel anger, resentment, and a sense of shame because we never learned how to make wise choices. We may ask ourselves, Shouldn't someone have shown me the way?
Ideally, all of us should have had wise and godly instruction. The book of Proverbs records a father instructing his son in the way God intended. "For I, too, was once my father's son, tenderly loved as my mother's only child. My father taught me, . . . 'Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don't forget my words or turn away from them. Don't turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you'_" (Proverbs 4:3-6).
For those of us who were left unprotected and unguarded because of a parent's insane ways, it's not too late. We have a Father in heaven who is eager to give us the wisdom we need. James once wrote, "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking" (James 1:5). God loves us tenderly, as a parent should. He is always there for us, waiting to give us the wisdom we need whenever we ask.
God wants to encourage us with his love and compassion.