PROVIDING GOOD EDUCATION is one of the responsibilities of parents to their
children. This is why responsible parents strive not only to send their children to good schools but consistently encourage them to give their best in their studies. For without it, one’s bid for a bright future might be jeopardized. Truly then, the pursuit of wisdom is vital in achieving ones dreams. Whereas others suffer because of outright failure to obtain a good education, others do because, although they are learned, they use their wisdom wrongly. Worst of all, many have failed to discern which knowledge man needs the most As true Christians, we should be able to avoid such follies Thus, it would greatly hep both the parents and children to keep in mind and heart the following:
Invest in education
The Bible tells us, thus: “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom Though it cost all you have, get understanding” (Prov. 4:7, New International Version). Thus, parents should save up (II Cor 12:14) for their children’s education In extreme cases where parents ae incapable of sending their children to school, the latter should strive by themselves by working part-time or studying short-term or vocational courses.
One cannot hope to become skilled in his or her chosen field without studying well. It pays that one truly devotes himself to his studies because the Bible says: “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men” (Prov. 22:29, NIV). Clearly, one gains a more favorable status when he is a skilled worker or professional. Thus, the youth should strive to gain competence and expertise in their chosen career or vocation.
Don’t use your wisdom to sin
We should not allow our own wisdom to mislead us into committing sins This is what God tells those who use their wisdom to commit evil, thus: “You felt sure of yourself in your evil; you thought that no one could see you. Your wisdom and knowledge led you astray and you said to yourself, ‘I am God—there is no one else like me.’ Disaster will come upon you, and none of your magic can stop it Ruin will come upon you, and none of your magic can stop it Ruin will come on you suddenly—ruin you never dreamed of!” (Isa.47:10-11, Ibid.). Thus, parents should not stop giving their children admonition just because they have already grown up and already in school. On their part, Christian youth should stay humble enough to heed God’s teachings imparted by their parents.
Don’t make human wisdom the basis for faith
In I Corinthians 2:4-5, Apostle Paul an ambassador of Christ, says: “And my teaching and message were no delivered with skillful words of human wisdom, but with convincing proof of the power of God’s Spirit” (Ibid). Thus, no matter what one learns in school , he should remain faithful to the commandments of God. No matter how lofty one’s educational attainment gets a true Christian will never give up the true faith and will never turn to man’s hollow and deceptive philosophies (Col. 2:8, NIV)
Seek God’s wisdom over and above human wisdom
We should never forget that over and above all knowledge is the wisdom of God contained in the Holy Scriptures which can lead man to salvation (II Tim. 3:15, TEV). Hence, true Christians should seek and value God’s words above human wisdom.
Seek refuge in God and not in human wisdom
The Bible records a prayer of a true servant of God, thus: “LORD, I have come to you for protection; never let me be defeated! Because you are righteous, help me and rescue me Listen to me and save me! Be my secure shelter and a strong fortress to protect me; you are my refuge and defense. … Sovereign LORD, I put my hope in you; I have trusted in you since I was young” (Ps. 71:1-3, 5, Ibid.). The same conviction should be seen in us, members of the Church of Christ Thus, parents should constantly remind their children that more than human wisdom, more than a good education, a truly bright future depends on the mercy and grace of God. The youth should learn to place their complete trust in God.