July 9, 2019

Proverbs 9:8 –10 – Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man and he will love you.  Give instruction to a wise man and he will still be wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

Observation-

Proverbs 9 shows us there are two paths we can choose to follow, either wisdom or folly.  There is a contrast in how a foolish person acts compared to a wise person.  Someone who scoffs is too proud to receive correction and will despise you for your reproof.  Whereas a person with wisdom welcomes instruction and grows in learning.  Having a reverence and understanding of who God is and seeking Him leads to a path of wisdom.

Application –

The two paths of wisdom and folly are both roads I can travel but end at dramatically different destinations.  The way of folly (world) is simple and may have temporary gain but leads to death.  I need to recognize who God is what He has done for me and seek Him so I can grow in knowledge and understanding of His ways.  Ways I can grow in understanding of God are by spending time in His word and in prayer.  I must be humble, willing to learn and accept instruction as I grow in my walk with Christ.

Prayer –

Father,

Thank you for your love, grace and mercy.  Let the Spirit keep me humble to follow you and grow in my understanding of you.  May I love you, love others and be a reflection for others to see you through me.

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