Proverbs 4:10-13 (CJB) Listen, my son, receive what I say, and the years of your life will be many. 11 I’m directing you on the way of wisdom, guiding you in paths of uprightness; 12 when you walk, your step won’t be hindered; and if you run, you won’t stumble. 13 Hold fast to discipline, don’t let it go; guard it, for it is your life.
The responsibility of a parent is to guide their children into paths of wisdom. The responsibility of children is to give heed to that guidance. While no parent is perfect, a godly parent will try to direct their children along paths that bring the best for them. A parent’s aim is to train their children to make wise choices for themselves. While this is never a guarantee (as is evident with the story of the prodigal son), it is the parents primary goal.
In like manner, as a good parent God desires that we choose paths of righteousness, and seek after wisdom. If we will give our attention to the word of God and fellowship with Him, then our paths will be pleasant, and our footing secure. Even in the midst of trouble we can be assured that the wisdom of God will uphold us. The following verses draw a stark contrast between the paths of wisdom and godly living, as opposed to an ungodly life.
Proverbs 4:18-19 (NLT) The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. 19 But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over.