Proverbs 15:31-33 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
How many times have you watched as a child received a spanking, and heard that child laugh and beg, “One more, please just give me one more?” How about a youth who had their hand slapped saying, “Please, slap the other one too, that hand has been just as bad, but you never caught it.” More than likely, that probably never happened, and with good reason. No one likes to be disciplined.
It never gets better as we get older. Rarely would you hear someone say, “Oh by the way officer, I ran two other lights, and parked in a handicap zone illegally. Could you write me up for those as well? I just need my insurance payment a little higher than it is right now.” No one at any age likes to be disciplined.
At a quick glance, you might think the verses today are saying we should somehow enjoy being punished. However, if you read them again, you will see, it is not the punishment we should delight in receiving. If we are receiving discipline, it’s because we did not listen or obey what we were told to do to begin with. It says if we will hear the reproof of life, we gain understanding. When people will humble themselves enough to believe they can still learn something at any age, God counts them among the wise. That is what we should rejoice in. To the ones who refuse to listen, well, I pray you get the idea.
Before honor comes humility. Before God can lift you up before others, He needs to know you will be humble enough to learn continually. Even learning from those whom He calls you to lead. Many a leader began by being so humble, and grateful for the position God gave them, but then let pride cause them to forget the reason they were there in the first place.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
We need to listen daily for the voice of the Lord. We know we can always hear Him speak through the pages of His Word. However, He may also speak at times through those He has placed around you. Listen for that still small voice, and love the fact that God is still talking with you today.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Psalms 54 – 64 / Proverbs 15:31-33
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
2 Chron. 10-13 / Acts 5:29-42
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