Proverbs 28:4 Accepting Instruction

Crossing instructions

Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them. Proverbs 28:4 

Listening to and accepting instruction is an annoyance to many people. The classic example is of a dad who spends hours attempting to assemble a new toy on Christmas morning, because he does not want to read the instructions. He thinks he can do it without the instructions.

People do not like to be instructed because they want to do things their own way. Getting instructions is like being the underdog or the worker and not the leader or boss.

Everyone wants their freedom to do what they want, how they want and when they want, thus instructions are ignored. Many will try to find a loop-hole in the instructions to get out of following them.

Solomon says that those who would ignore instruction are actually lifting up those who are wicked.

Being given instructions is something that has occurred since Adam and Eve walked on their earth. God gave them a few instructions on how to tend the garden, yet they ignored the instructions and fell into sin. They gave honor to the devil and praised him.

Believers are to obey God and those in authority over them. Leaders will give instructions on how to do something, just as God does. Rejecting those instructions is being selfish and praising those who are wicked. It is saying that those who do things the wrong way are right. It is rejection of God.

However, accepting instruction is admitting one does not have all the answers. It is admitting that someone is greater. It is allowing God to be in control. In doing this one will be resisting the wicked and all sin. They will seek to walk on the path of righteousness in Christ Jesus.

God has some instructions for you on how you are to live your life. Some of those instructions you will read in the Bible. Some you will hear God speak to your heart. Others will be spoken to you through someone else.

You have two choices when you hear some instructions. You can ignore it and be selfish, self-knowing and walk the wrong path. Or you can accept it in obedience and walk the path God has for you.

Do not allow the ways of the wicked and this world lead you down the wrong path. Take the instructions God has for you and walk His path for you. Resist sin and follow God.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that God will reveal His instructions to you; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; and that you will walk the life of righteousness in Jesus. 

Job 3:25-26 The Pain Of Great Loss

What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil. Job 3:25-26

After Job had gone through several attacks by Satan, he had lost nearly everything he ever had. He had lost his family, home, business, and health. Although he never cursed God, he felt the pain of all that loss. He felt as though all he had was turmoil in his life.

Losing everything is always painful for every person. There are people everywhere who are experiencing some type of loss. When a person loses his job, there is often a loss of peace in not knowing how to provide for his family. In a time of loss of health, a person often does not get the rest that is desired.

As people are going through great loss, the one thing that many people do is complain about their loss. They will talk to everyone who will listen about what has occurred in their life. They will search for sympathy from anyone and everyone they can get it from.

Along with seeking sympathy, many will often get mad at God for what has happened. They do not see that He is still in control and loves them. They will give up their rest and peace that God is willing to give them.

Job did not give up his belief in God, but he did complain to others about his loss. He felt the pain of all that he had lost. He was willing to curse his bad luck. Job did not curse God in the process of his complaining, nor did he blame anyone else. All he did was accept what had happened.

There may come times in your life when you will lose a lot or something of extreme value. As human being it is reality that the loss is painful. For a time there will seem to be no peace or rest.

You may be tempted to get angry with God or to blame God or someone else. Neither of these will be correct attitudes to have. Recognize the pain and the loss, but in the end seek God. Trust in God’s almighty power and control in your life. Seek His peace and rest for your soul.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that God will wrap His arms of love around you in your times of loss; that you will have God’s peace and rest in your life; and that you will not fill your life with complaints, but of praises to God.

1 Corinthians 2:14 Understanding The Things Of God

“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14

When the world looks at Christianity and the things of God, all they see is foolishness. They do not understand why God has certain rules in place. They do not understand why a person cannot live any way he chooses or why some things are wrong and others are not. It is foolish for a person to give up things and ways in order to follow Jesus according to the world.

This can easily be seen any where you look in this world. Paul gives the reason is that they do not have the Spirit of God in them. The person who has the Spirit of God in himself is able to understand better why God has him doing (or not doing) the things he does and what God is doing. The Spirit of God is the only one who can truly understand God and He is the one who makes it clear to a believer.

Think about when you see someone you know really well does a crazy reaction to something such as running away from a small little, harmless spider. Most people think it is funny and ridiculous. Yet, you, knowing your friend really well, knew that many years ago as a child he was bit by a small dangerous spider and now has a fear of all spiders. Knowing that makes sense as to why he does what he does.

The Holy Spirit fully knows why God does what He does and has you doing or not doing something. He then gives the believer understanding and peace about the situation. The world cannot understand this because they do not have the Spirit of God in them.

Seek God’s Spirit today to guide you into understanding God more. Ask His help to accept the things God asks you to do.

God tells you that you are to walk by faith, not by sight. This can only be done when you discern through the Spirit what is happening. Otherwise, it will be foolishness.

I pray today that you will be led by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will understand what God is doing and having you do; that you will trust that God is having you do the best things; and that you will accept what God is telling you to do.