Proverbs 29 contains more wisdom around fools, discipline and pride. Solomon lays out the reality of dealing with a fool. “If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet….A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back”. The world is filled with fools, and they spew lots of noise with little value. A wise person remains quiet when dealing with a fool and does not get drawn into that interaction. You can’t convince a fool of anything.
Solomon again talks about the importance of discipline in raising kids. “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother….Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart”. The reality is that parents have a responsibility to train up a child in the way they should go. God has given us that task. Kids don’t raise themselves, or at least they shouldn’t. It is our job to teach them the difference between right and wrong and be sure they understand it – even if discipline is required to drive the lesson home.
Pride is again called out as an issue of character. “One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor”. We must not allow our own thinking about ourselves cause us to become prideful. When we are humble, and keep a view that is real in relationship to the mighty God we serve, we set ourselves up for God’s honor. We should never bring honor on ourselves – true honor comes from above. God delivers honor to the meek and humble in His way.
Part of that humility is the recognition of who God is and what His place is in our life, and the universe. God is the Master, in full control, seated on the throne above all. If we fear anything other than Him, our fear is misplaced. Yet far too often we do fear man, whom is nowhere nearly as powerful or authoritative as the God of the universe. We need to get that right. “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe”. Our Rock, our Salvation, our Hope, our Future is God and Him alone. To allow man to have any of that is placing trust in the wrong spot.