“And so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man” (Proverbs 3:4). If it sounds like something preceded this verse of scripture, you’d be correct. King Solomon was giving Godly counsel to his son (3:1), and of course that counsel extends to all followers of God.
In brief, this great king was directing his son to keep his life in harmony with God’s Holy Word (3:2-3). If he did, he would find favor and high esteem in the eyes of God and man V.4; his paths would be directed V.6; health and strength to all you physical body V.8; financial soundness V.10; great benefits of living in wisdom Vs.13-18; 22-26.
Isn’t that what any reasonably good parent does for…and wants for…their children? Can you still hear the voice of your Dad/Mom giving you short bursts of advice regularly? I can: “Be honest Mike…don’t hang out with that boy, son… …respect all authority, including your teachers…be kind to people of all ethnicity…work hard…don’t fight with your brothers…include the “picked on” in your circle, etc.
Luke tells us that we are imperfect fathers, yet know how to do good and give good gifts to our children (Luke 11:13).
God is a good, good Father. He wants us to succeed in life. That’s why He is so constant in His commands, counsel and encouragement throughout both the Old and New Covenants, most of which include promises like the ones above.
As a simple reminder of what we all know: He is the One Father who truly does know best!
And I want His favor!