Verse 30: "They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke."
Have you ever felt like your words of wisdom were falling on deaf ears? I have seen young men that I have mentored who hear my counsel and disregard it as folly. Either they see it as over cautious or plain wasteful and unnecessary. "They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke." It is very frustrating for us to watch someone who is walking down a path of destruction or misery. Despite their looks of displeasure with us, they don't realize that our motives are pure and are shared because of our concern for them. When I am presented with these scenarios where people refuse my counsel, I remind myself of how many people that I have frustrated over the years. All these attributes I have exhibited my self at one time or another or in one way or another. Remembering this helps me to see them as a mirror of me and my passion, patience, and mercy kicks into high gear. It becomes easier to love those as God loves them when we see them as we are. It's when we don't see them as qualified as we are, we then begin to look down on them. This is easily discerned by them and will ensure more effective and rebellious behaviors to follow. Remember who we were when we are dealing with who others may still be. He had a lot of patience with us. We should extend the same to others.
Lord, I thank you for the opportunity to disciple others. Please give me the character and heart you possessed for your disciples so that I may please you. Amen