Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 19
Verse 27: “Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.”
It’s in our nature to have a desire to accomplish. We want to pass from apprentice to master. We want to believe that we attain a place where we are no longer in need of instruction or learning. Although it doesn’t sit well within us, there are some areas that we will never stop learning in. We will never learn enough, love enough or give enough. Some areas in life will always have room for growth and increase. A hard truth for many of us is how we will never outgrow the need for instruction from others. Part of receiving instruction is receiving correction. Many of us grow to the point where we don’t believe we need either. The bible says that we will one day trade the corruptible for incorruptible. Until that day, we must not trade the correctable for the uncorrectable.
I have found that most people are humble and correctable when it comes to something new to them. Even prideful people will allow someone to instruct them on things that they have never been involved with, but if they get even a little knowledge, they will soon shut down their correctability. I have seen this in business and even in the church. Many people that get saved will come into the church with ears for learning and humility towards correction, but after they have been in church for a little while and can quote a few verses, they often shutdown the correction. Today’s “gold nugget” says, “Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.” No matter how long we have served God, we must not trade the correctable for the incorrectable.
Lord, help me to have a correctable spirit. When you do send someone to me to correct me, remind me that, ceasing to listen to instruction, will cause me to stray from the words of knowledge.” Amen
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