The Benefits of Wisdom: Proverbs 3:1-18
One of my favorite novels is David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Is there anyone better than Dickens at filling a novel with fascinating and unforgettable characters: from the hypocritical Uriah Heep to the incompetent but likable Mr. Micawber? When my son, Daniel, had a literature class at Western Kentucky University, the professor said that no one has ever captured better what it is like to grow up young and abused than Dickens in David Copperfield.
When David is young, he is savagely mistreated by his step-father, Mr. Murdstone. The abuse Mr. and Mrs. Murdstone pour out on David makes them some of the most hateful people in literature. Dickens captures well the torment children feel when they are raised by adults that are vicious, selfish, and heartless. You feel David’s pain as he endures devilish cruelty from Mr. and Mrs. Murdstone. And yet David ends up being a person of virtue and wisdom. All the abuse he endures doesn’t scar him. He remains a person who is loving and caring, and so he ends up having a blessed life.
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