«My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother; for they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck» (Proverbs 1:8, 9).
Few things in life are as unpleasant for a young person as being disciplined by their parents. At that age, when one feels omnipotent, arrogant, and reckless, no one likes to be reprimanded. Rather, during youth, the prevailing criterion is that of friends. They play a very important role in your life.
Indeed, there are also parents who exceed in their discipline and easily fall into the humiliation and breakdown of their own children. The previous favors contempt toward the opinion of the parents. «They are old.» «They don’t even know what I’m talking about.» «They don’t care what I do.» Phrases of this type occupy the minds of many young people and begin to erect a wall that is distancing them from their parents.
Today’s verse uses the Hebrew word musar, which means «punishment,» «discipline,» «exhortation,» «instruction.» That’s something parents give us throughout their lives. From them we learn eating habits, idiomatic expressions, how to walk, ideological bases. It also uses the word torah, which means «direction,» «law,» «decision,» «instruction,» «rule.»
Who likes rules and limits? More than once, your parents may have banned you from attending a certain place or hanging out with friends during the night. And at that moment you did not receive in a good way their instructions. It is also true that, on certain occasions, parents do not give instructions in the best way possible. But chances are that their intentions are not meant to hurt you.
The Bible says that when you pay attention to what your parents try to teach you and respect their authority, you are assuming an attitude that will favor you in the development of your entire character. I have known very intelligent young people, who are also very haughty, arrogant, and disrespectful toward authority.
Do you know what happens to them? They end up being fired from their jobs or being expelled from their schools. Why? Because they don’t know how to respect their superiors or their bosses at work. Surely, during their childhood they did not learn to respect and obey their parents, but rather they despised them and demanded them to submit to their whims. And with that attitude they went out to face life, not knowing that out in the world, no one was going to tolerate such attitudes.
Ask the lord today to help you accept the discipline of your parents.