Archive for December 4th, 2012

Proverbs 13

Proverbs 13 has some compare and contrast verses, but a good portion of the instruction from Solomon in this chapter has to do with listening, learning, and obeying instruction.  “A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke”.  It begins with a willingness to listen.  That doesn’t mean we always feel like listening or that we want to listen.  But it does mean that if we listen, we move toward wisdom.  This can come from many places, but both our Heavenly Father and our earthly father have instruction for us.  And while we need to listen all the time, we need to particularly pay attention when we are rebuked.

The chapter continues with more as it says “Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded”.  If we despise the word and its instruction, we are headed toward destruction, and it will be self inflicted.  If we revere God’s commandments, we will be rewarded.  Things just work when we do them God’s way.  There is so much power in being aligned with God’s truth and living life that way.  But we have to be willing to listen and know the commandments.  We have to revere God’s Word!

Solomon continues with “Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored….whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm”.  The contrast between taking in God’s instruction and living that way – honor and wisdom – is compared and contrasted to those who ignor instruction and hang around with fools.  Their outcome is poverty, disgrace and harm.  It isn’t rocket science to make the right choice – to choose God’s Word as the key to a wonderful life.  But why do we struggle so, to even spend the time to read and learn the manual on life God has provided.

The chapter ends with a couple thoughts on legacy.  “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous….Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him”.  It talks about our kids and our kid’s kids.  It is about preparing a legacy – both in an inheritance way as well as a disciplining to make sure they grow up correctly.  Parenting is hard work, and a huge responsibility.  But it is essential if we are to leave a legacy that matters.  Creating a legacy doesn’t happen when we die – it happens the entire time we are alive.  It involves planning and being intentional about how we live and teach and discipline and love.  It is about preparing for the future.  Are you leaving a legacy that will last?  Now is the time to determine that!

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