The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 12

Happy Wednesday! Today we read Proverbs 12. (Click on the link to read the verses.)

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

Proverbs 12:1(NLT)

Ouch! I am ashamed to admit this has applied to me too many times. I want to hear, I want to know, but when it doesn’t line up with my way, I carry on… no discipline, no correction made. How stupid is that?

I am reminded of the parable of the Wise and Foolish Man. I can remember the story, the songs we sang, and even the crafts made to go along with it. But now, the first sentence that I read through with little thought as a child, jumps off the page and begs for my attention:

“So why do you keep calling me Lord, Lord!” when you don’t do what I say? Luke 6:46

Why do I keep calling His name when I don’t do what he says?

 I will show you what it is like when someone comes to me, listens, to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds the house right on the ground without a foundation. When the floodwaters sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”

Luke 6:47-49

Father God, Give me the discipline to not just be a hearer of your word, but a doer.
Let me find joy in your correction. And when the flood waters rise, let my foundation stand firm on you. Amen.

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