Proverbs 15: King James Bible
Instruction of Wisdom – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fifteen, Verses 32-33
32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. 33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Instruction of Wisdom
To wrap up this chapter, we’ve got a couple of verses that are clear and to the point. Though clear, still very deep in meaning.
In the second verse, we find the fear of the Lord defined as the instruction of wisdom. Interesting way to define it, and is complimentary to the verse that also describes the fear of the Lord, as the beginning of wisdom.
Without the fear of the Lord, there is no wisdom given. That’s why David writes that a fool says in his heart there is no God. Without the Father, we’ve got no other option but the world to turn to, concerning wisdom.
And that brand of wisdom will only convince you to move away form the Father, and in to the depths of this world. The wisdom of this world is counted as foolishness to the Lord. The most profound thought of man, gained without the Lord, is nothing but self serving nonsense when you get right down to it.
But I digress…
The first verse above, doesn’t say many things. It doesn’t say, “He that doesn’t understand instruction,” nor does it say, “He that is mistaken about instruction.” It’s clearly speaking toward those who refuse the instruction of the Lord.
To hate one’s own soul is an extremely vivid way to put it, don’t you think? Nevertheless, it is a deliberate action. Now do we understand, what was only in the future when this verse was originally penned. Our soul has one shot at redemption, and that’s in Christ Jesus.
Anyone who rejects that piece of instruction, must surely hate their own soul, because they have condemned it to the fires of hell. Oh yes, we condemn ourselves with this particular choice, or refusing to recognize that there is only one way to the Father.
The fool says in his heart there is no God, refuses instruction, and despises his own soul. You refuse the Lord’s instruction, particularly concerning salvation, then you’ve refused the Father. There’s no bouncing back from that after death, and the fool won’t hear it until then.
But to hear, or incorporate the Lord’s instruction into your life, is the fear of the Lord, and also brings understanding. The Lord doesn’t tell us things so that we don’t understand them. He wants for us to have understanding, in all that he will for us to do.
For some of us, it might require prayer, for others it may take patience while things play out. And for others, through all of the above with the Word of God mixed in. But understanding comes when we search something out, that the Lord has brought to our attention.
Related New Testament Scripture
31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
1 Corinthians 1:
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
1 Corinthians 2:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
Thank you for the treasures that re to be found in your Word. We take comfort that you are a loving Father, willing to take time and instruct his children. As your children, we thank you for it, and ask that you open the eyes of any who you foreknow will call upon you for salvation. Lead us in your wisdom Lord, and grant us understanding. We receive and accept your instruction. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever noticed the disdain for Christians that people have, who have rejected instruction of wisdom?