Proverbs 21: King James Bible
From Simple to Wise – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 11
11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – From Simple to Wise
Here is a progression, that teaches us the path becoming wise through observation. Also, it’s a reminder that the Lord will find a way to make use of whatever he wills, even the most staunch scorner. In the scenario above, the scorner isn’t all the wiser in the end, but the simple who is observing it the one who will benefit.
What is revealed in verse 11, is that you don’t need to already be wise to understand it, but evidently what is required is paying attention. Today, we have three different avenues by which we can become a little wiser by way of observation.
The Experience of Others
This is what is being put on display in the verse above. The observer is making a transition from simple to wise in whatever the matter, due to drawing from a lesson playing out on someone else.
If we take some time to give it some thought, I’d bet that all of us can think of a time in our lives, where we’ve been the beneficiaries of the experiences of someone else’s trouble, as it would relate to becoming all the wiser, and perhaps choosing to take a different course than that person did.
Personally, I can think of several different instances where I either chose a different course, or chose not to do what someone else did, because I saw the aftermath and didn’t want any part of it. All by way of observation.
The thing is, if you’re simple minded in something, you wouldn’t know any better about what might happen, because you’d not have any experience in the subject. Only after someone does something, and you’re able to observe a result, do you know more than you once did.
It has been said, and I’m sure you’ve heard it before, that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This is true on a large scale, but also on a personal level.
We don’t always have someone else’s example to go by for everything, do we? I know there have been times, where I’ve taken the bull by the horns on something, and have suffered for it. But there have also been times where I’ve done so, and have been successful.
If we are honest with ourselves, we can draw on these kinds of experiences, and become wiser over whatever the situation may be. However, if we don’t learn from our failures we will most certainly repeat them. On the other hand, if we don’t remember how we did something successfully, we’re at risk of doing it wrong the second time round down the road.
This would be the more spiritually significant of the three. We have a source given to us by the Lord himself, by which we can learn all that we need to know about the things pertaining to life, and life more abundantly.
The Word of God is exactly what we need, to learn what happens to the scorner who is punished, and what the repercussions are afterward. We learn from all of the accounts saved throughout time, so that we may glean from it, and not repeat some of the mistakes that we can observe others doing, through the Word of the Lord.
When Jesus taught people, he often used parables. In many of those, he would use actions of other characters, in order for people to understand what he’s saying. Some people went from simple to wise, others who thought they were already wise (prideful people), often didn’t get it.
There are many things in the Bible, that are there specifically for us to observe and become wiser for it. As the scripture says above, and as the progression moves forward, the simple get wiser, and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 11: King James Bible
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 28: King James Bible
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
John 6: King James Bible
45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
Romans 15: King James Bible
4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 16: King James Bible
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Philippians 4: King James Bible
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Thank you for your wisdom and understanding, that you’ve seen fit to share with all of us. Thank you for your knowledge, which you have given liberally unto all of your children. Teach us to observe the things that will benefit us and others Lord. Help us to neither be stagnate in spirit or mind, and to learn what is right and acceptable in your eyes, and to do them. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever missed an opportunity to go from simple to wise, by not paying attention?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 15 P.194 – Seek Knowledge
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 22 P. 333 – Preserve Knowledge
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 22 P. 331 – Remove the Scorner
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 22 P. 338 – Words of the Wise
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 4 P.36 – Hold Fast to Instruction