This web site is focused on gleaning a "gold nugget" from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the current day of the month. The idea was first proposed to me years ago. After trying it, I found myself seeing the scenarios described in proverbs in my daily living. The option for making wiser decisions was becoming more apparent. The Book of Wisdom has lived up to its billing. Proverbs should not be the entirety of your bible reading, but it can be a valuable part of your daily discipline.
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. Even when we have no desire to be a
master per say, we just want to be free from other people correcting us. 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.” Where
we once were gaining knowledge, our pride has caused us to lose contact with
and fail to increase knowledge. No matter how long we have served God, we must
not trade the correctable for the incorrectable. We need to maintain a humble
heart that is ever increasing in the knowledge of who He is and what He wants
for and from us.
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