My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.
A dilemma arises and a decision has to be made. Is it time to hurriedly seek advice and direction from new sources? No. It is wiser to bring up what one has already learned.
The difficulties that we face — be they physical, moral, intellectual, or spiritual — have been faced countless times in the thousands of years that have come and gone before us. The solutions to those difficulties are often the same. As the wise preacher of Proverbs said in his other book, “There is nothing new under the sun.”
The “commandments” and “teaching” of our fathers and mothers did not originate with them. It came from their parents and from their own years of experience. When we heed what they learn — not just listen to it, but value it, store it in our hearts, and frequently meditate on it — we will never be without good advice and direction in decision-making.
More than that, God’s ageless word is the best counselor known to man. It is not simply ink on paper, but a living text infused with the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s meaning and application to life is vast and unfathomable. Thus, we should cling to it, indulge in it, gorge on it. When difficult times come, we will be ready — armed with knowledge that is tried and true.