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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Wise Attitudes: Desire For Godly Instruction: Proverbs 13:1

1) A wise son [heareth] his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

EXPOSITION:

1) A wise son [heareth] his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

1. A son who applies his Heavenly Father’s Word to his life, realizes the importance of the counsel of those with greater experience.  He takes seriously the words of those who are led of God and motivated by a heart of love and desire to help him along life’s way.  He will willingly listen, consider and apply the advice that he has been given.

The “instruction” that the Lord gives to us can come in four general types of forms and is given to us with the intent of living a wise lifestyle of obedience to Him.  The four forms of instruction are:
a. “doctrine” – this is sharing with us the truths of His Word presented to us for INTELLECTUAL GAIN.
b. “reproof” – this is sharing with us WARNINGS CONCERNING OUR SIN and it’s results.
c. “correction” – this is sharing with us the path that should be taken to REMEDY FOR SIN in our lives
d. “instruction in righteousness” – this is sharing with us the truths of His Word with the intent of PRACTICAL APPLICATION to our lives….

All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”   (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

2.  A person who mocks at the counsel of the wise does not consider their message of correction.  In doing so, he stubbornly persists in his sinful lifestyle.

One of the most outstanding characteristics of those who are wise is their willingness to accept Godly correction for their lives.  After all, by listening to His divine correction we have nothing to lose and everything to gain…

I know, O LORD, that thy judgments [are] right, and [that] thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.”   (Psalms 119:75)

Behold, happy [is] the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:  For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.”   (Job 5:17-18)

I know, O LORD, that thy judgments [are] right, and [that] thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.  Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.  Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law [is] my delight.”   (Psalms 119:75-77)

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness.”   (Hebrews 12:4-10)

SUMMARY:

Attitudes that flow from a wise lifestyle includes a desire to receive the Lord’s corrective instruction.   He sends us this instruction from a variety of sources, including those who are motivated by a heart of love and a desire to help us become better servants for Him.   May we all be open to the Lord’s workings in our life as He works to help us to grows in grace and become closer to Him.   May we not quickly reject the counsel of others because, it can be the Lord speaking to us through the use of one of His children.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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5 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    thank you Rob for enriching my day

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    We need to be individuals who hear rebuke and incline to hear instructions. Thank you

  3. Any parent knows that what you spoke today is true. A disobedient child is easy to spot. One of the hallmarks of their straying is the unwillingness to receive wise instruction. I liked your example of the contrast to this rebellion: “One of the most outstanding characteristics of those who are wise is their willingness to accept Godly correction for their lives. After all, by listening to His divine correction we have nothing to lose and everything to gain…” If the wayward could only stop to realize that godly instruction if for their good and not harm. But praise be to God that He can change even the most rebellious of hearts! Thanks for the post.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Just as you say…. that is the key… understanding that His warnings and corrections are for our good from a heart of eternal love. Lord bless Thanks for the comments.

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