Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (392 words)
Proverbs 9:8-9 (ESV): "8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning."
The difference between a wise person and a fool has nothing to do with intellect but everything to do with humility. A wise person is full of humility and isn't afraid to admit what they don't know or that they were wrong. A fool is prideful and isn't teachable at all. Don't be a fool!
Solomon drops some serious wisdom to his son explaining the necessity of humility. It will be the determiner of whether you will be a fool or a wise man. Solomon says rebuke a fool and he will walk away offended and hate you but rebuke a wise man and he will love you for he will walk away wiser. A fool hates instruction, a wise person wants to grow. Solomon is telling his son, don't be a dummy! Receive rebuke and instruction with a grateful heart.
We have all played the fool when it comes to being rebuked or instructed particularly by someone we don't care for. That adds insult to injury. However, have you ever considered that perhaps it is God who is trying to deal with your prideful heart? I know that is not easy to hear but listen, God wouldn't be a good God if He didn't deal with the waywardness of His kids. Next time you are rebuked or instructed, swallow your pride, truly evaluate if what is being said is true, and grow from it. Don't let the enemy rip you off! No one has arrived spiritually. We all need to grow so be the wise man who receives rebuke and instruction well. Amen?
Father, we thank You for being so true and good to us. You never cease to keep our best interest in mind. Even when we are being foolish You still reach out to us with wisdom and attempt to reveal our pride to us. Help us not to run from rebuke or reject instruction. Let us walk in humility and remove the pride from our hearts so we can grow in spiritual maturity we pray in Jesus name, amen.