The book of Proverbs starts off with some important information that is vital to us all. In Solomon’s letter to his children he writes of the importance of knowing, perceiving and receiving the instruction of wisdom. If I had to summarize the first chapter of this book in one word it would be, “listen.”
When someone is yelling orders, it always seems to get a laugh when someone say sarcastically, “You’re not the boss of me!” For many, unfortunately, I would say this is the anthem of their lives. Receiving instruction or a rebuke can be one of the hardest things to learn. Receiving instruction or reproof takes a humble heart that is willing to be taught and shown better ways. It also signifies a heart of trust; one who does not see the value in running his or her life from their own perspective or oppinion, which is limited, but looks and desires a higher and more experienced understanding. God has always had the birds eye view and sent His wisdom to giving counsel and discretion so we can live in His perfect plan. All we have to do is listen; have ears to hear.
Solomon writes in Proverbs 1:33 “But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure without the fear of evil.” My dad used to say, “Dustin, I’m not talking just to hear my own self speak.” He was implying that the words spoken were not for his benefit as much as they were for mine. Gods words are to be treasured as literal support and protection.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is PROFITABLE for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
STOP! Take a quick moment and do a heart evaluation. Ask yourself, “Am I willing to listen to instruction and receive correction?” If you truthfully answered yes, then you are living a life that is complete and equipped to accomplish the task at hand; a life which is removed from the fear of evil.