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Proverbs 13

Once heard about a dad who was about to lay some discipline on his son.  And the son, as honest as he could be, said this:  “Dad, there’s no need to punish me.  I’ve already decided that I’m not going learn anything from it.”

Funny, eh?  Sad, eh?  Too true, eh?  Yeah, too much of the time, it’s us.  We don’t like it anymore than this kid.

And that’s why, even though Proverbs 13 is kinda all over the place in terms of wisdom thoughts, the river running through it (for those of you who like Robert Redford movies) is “Are you willing to listen to hard words coming your way?  You know, correction, rebuke, reproof?  It’s got a lot of names, but just like a rose by any name is still a rose, correction by any name is still hard to swallow.  People passionate about Christ, passionate about wisdom, will embrace such counsel, as tough as it might be.

Some rebuking thoughts in this proverb  include:

things come out of our mouths (v2, 3, 5 for example)

things that come out of our hearts (v4, 6 for example)

things that constitute our behavior (v5, 10, 16 for example)

things that revolve around our money or defrauding others of theirs  (v8, 11, 22 for example)

And there’s plenty here on the consequences of rebuffing counsel (v4, 10, 13, for example).

The one verse that caught most of my attention was verse 7 – there is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; another pretends to be poor, but has great wealth (NAS).  One reading of this is that both of these are liars, and each is defrauding someone; as a result, each is in need of wisdom and, thus, in need of some loving rebuking.

Anyway, here’s the deal.  Who have you got that has permission–real permission–to get in your face about something in your life?  When’s the last time you got a dose of rebuke from a friend, a wife, a child, a coworker, a boss, a neighbor?  If you can’t recall, maybe there’s no one–and that’s one problem you might look to correct.   If you can recall it, was your response to embrace it with open arms?  Or, did you dismiss it, get irritated, strike back.  You can keep on being a scoffer if you want, but read through this proverb again for the results the come from this.  If you’re wise, you’ll probably want to be in a different place.

Your call.

And don’t write me complaining about this post.  I’m not interested.  Oops, still got some work to do myself. . . .

Dwaine Darrah

McLean Campus Pastor

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