Friday, April 9, 2010

Instruction. Who needs it?

Who needs instruction and discipline? The wise? The fool? The good? The wicked? Everybody needs it: we just don't all recognize our need.

Consider a few proverbs.

"Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still" (Proverbs 9:9)

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline" (Proverbs 1:7)

The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him;
the cords of his sin hold him fast.
He will die for lack of discipline,
led astray for his own great folly: (Proverbs 5:22-23)

God's instruction in Scripture is available to all, but only those who fear the Lord are given the keys to understanding (Proverbs 1:7).  

Perhaps you've wondered how your unbelieving friends can read truth in Scripture and not "get it." This is why: the fear of the Lord is the jumping-off place, the beginning, of knowledge. Without that foundation, there is no basis for understanding.

Pray for your friends, that their eyes may be open to their need for God and His wisdom.

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