Children of God [Proverbs 23:24 Devotional]

Children of God [Proverbs 23:24 Daily Devotional]

The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.

Proverbs 23:24 (NIV)

What is Proverbs 23:24 about?

At its most literal, this verse is about fathering children who love God. This parent has a great joy that comes from their children, and they can rejoice, knowing that their child is wise. The same would be true for mothers. Parents should be proud of their children.

Taking this more metaphorically, this verse can apply to anyone. I don’t have kids in the literal sense, but I do have people who look up to me. I have biological nieces and nephews as well as friends who have children who look to me as a trusted adult. Even the people who follow me in ministry can be considered my children. I, too, can have great joy and rejoice because of each one that walks in righteousness, humility, and wisdom.

Children of God

We are all children of God, so you can also rest assured that whenever you walk in righteousness and wisdom, the Lord is rejoicing because of you. God is proud of you when you make the right decisions and when you serve others and pray for them. Not everyone has had good earthly fathers, but God more than makes up for their lack.

If you have children, be a good parent and do your best to raise them in ways pleasing to God. If you don’t have children, find the people who look up to you or the people you lead and do your best to encourage them to walk in ways pleasing to God. In the cases where neither of those apply, ask God to help you find the areas where you can act as a godly “parent,” helping those around you worship Jesus.

Prayer

Father, I thank you for your example. Help me to love my friends and family as you love me. Give me the opportunity to encourage and rejoice with the people that you’ve put in my life. Thank you for the joy that comes from being your child. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.

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