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.
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.
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.
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.