Proverbs 9

Proverbs 9

Today’s proverbs is from chapter 9
“Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:6, 9-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬
Moses had explained this same concept to the slaves recently delivered from Egypt when He said “Behold I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” Deuteronomy 4:5-6. Those who keep the commandments of God, not in form merely, but in fact, will have wisdom which will excite the wonder of people who do not recognize the source of knowledge. Before He went away, Christ promised to send the Holy Spirit as a Comforter, and the first thing that He was to do was to convince the world of sin. This He does by revealing the righteousness of God. These reproofs come in various ways, according to the sin specifically to the individual. They are not simply of a general nature, but they come home to the person, pointing out specific acts of wrong, and saying “ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
‭‭John‬ ‭8:32‬ ‭KJV‬‬
This result of having truth must be worth any cost. The thing that causes the most pain in learning the truth is pride of self. In letting go the pride screams without reason seeking to hurt all around it as itself is being pruned away. Once self yields fully to the truth perception changes reproof to instruction and the pain of wounded pride turns into excited joy of increased knowledge and a life free of cages we put ourselves in. Pride and impatience are the tools that work against the truth. The Spirit that leads to knowledge requires a meekness to bring the joy of wisdom as it is written “The meek will He guide in judgments; and the meek will He teach His way.” Psalm 25:9 If there is a hard saying which isn’t easy to understand the impatience would have us dismiss it instead of diligently pressing on asking for guidance and considering it in meditation. God promises to reveal all things to those who take time to “Consider what I say; for the Lord shall give thee understanding in all things.” 2 Timothy 2:7
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