How do you respond to instruction? Do you have a teachable spirit or do you quickly reject anyone else’s input? What does your answer say about you and could it have a cost in your life?
1 Samuel 20 & 21
How Do You Respond to Instruction?
How do your respond to instruction? Do you have a teachable spirit or do you quickly reject anyone else’s input?
“He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.”
Refusing to listen to wise counsel is the same as hating oneself, but the one who listens grows in wisdom and understanding.
What keeps us from wanting to hear wise counsel? It’s that ugly 5-letter word, P-R-I-D-E.
I wish I could remember where I found this, but I think it’s one of the best definitions for pride, “a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.”
Did you notice the words, “inordinate” and “cherished in the mind”? Pride doesn’t just keep us from listening to instruction when we do, perhaps, know more than someone else, but when we have an inflated opinion of our own knowledge or ability!
Even when we are familiar with a skill or subject, there are always things we can learn, if just how to be graceful and polite!
Today’s Other Readings:
1 Samuel 20 & 21:
Our Own Schemes
In chapter 20 God continued to show His sovereign control over the events of David’s life through his covenant with Jonathan. But God still had a few things to teach David before he would be ready to be king. In chapter 21, instead of trusting God, he relied on his own schemes to protect himself, first by deceiving the priest and then by pretending to be crazy. But in David’s life, just as in ours, God’s ultimate plan and purpose would prevail.
Verse 1, “Deliver me from my enemies, O my God …”
Even with his shortcomings and lapses of trust, David knew where to turn for help.
Open My Eyes
Jesus supernaturally opened the disciples understanding of the Scriptures. We, too, should pray that God will open our hearts and minds to understand.
Psalm 119.18 says, “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.”
What a great passage of Scripture to pray!
What about you? Questions to ponder or journal:
Are you teachable? Do you pray for wisdom and understanding? Do you seek wise counsel? Do you pray for His help to understand His Word?
Let us know
How do you remind yourself to do that?
What lessons have you learned about doing so that might be helpful to others?
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