Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Often Reproved – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 1
1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Often Reproved
As usual, there are two sides to this verse, one being physical and the other spiritual. I would lean toward the idea that one would lead to the other in many different circumstances, but not all. We’ll talk about the physical side of things first.
To get a better sense of the repercussions of being often reproved in every day life, and hardening our necks (getting stubborn about the reproof or rejecting it), we need to apply it to the things that we can see and hear. Yes, we are that limited when talking about physical stuff.
Often Reproved Physically
For example, someone at work does something a particular way, and the boss doesn’t like it. Despite several different warnings and mini training sessions, the employee insists that his way is better, and continues to do things wrong. Now, what do you think the life expectancy would be to his career from that point on? How long until the neck of his career is suddenly destroyed, and that without remedy?
Work is one example, how about other things like driving? You insist on driving 10 mph over the limit everywhere you go. It’s fine in your eyes and despite several unpaid tickets, you continue to keep on doing it, because you’re confident that you’re in the right.
Being often reproved concerning your license will result in the loss of your license and the privileged to get to places conveniently whenever you feel like it. But even at this point, you could pay off fines, jump through some hoops to eventually get your license back, but no.
Because you’ve been often reproved and have stuck to your guns, you’ve decided that you don’t need a license to drive, you’ll do it anyways. Once your guard comes down, and you break a limit and get pulled over, your driving record and possibly your freedoms have become broken, and that without remedy.
When we decide to stick to our guns after understanding that we’re doing something wrong, incorrectly, illegal, etc., and stiffen our necks about it, we’re in danger of crossing that threshold into the “being broken without remedy” zone. This would pertain to whatever physical sense you’d like to throw at it, the principal will still stand.
Often Reproved Spiritually
Just as the examples shed light upon above, when we decide wrongdoing after learning that it’s wrong, we’ll yield the same end results spiritually we would physically. However, since we’re talking spiritually, the end results are far more dire than material repercussions such as a loss of a thing like a license or career.
God’s patience toward those who are often reproved is not unlimited, just as the verse above suggests. But because he is not without mercy and grace, he gives ample opportunities for us to repent. But there are those who choose against every opportunity.
Some become so stiff necked that rebellion sets in against the Lord, regardless of how often reproved they may be. Sadly, most will continue on in this fashion all the way unto death. We have clear examples such as Pharaoh dealing with the people of Israel prior to the Exodus. Even Cain had warning by the Lord to take care of his heart before he did something stupid.
Some will die having lived out their reward, and will enter into eternity in unmentionable agony, due to being stiff necked against the Lord, and against his Word. But not only those who are unsaved will suffer from being this way.
Those of us who are saved are also bound to the verse above as a reality. If we are often reproved by the Lord, and we stiffen our necks, he’ll not think twice about removing us from the board if that is the only option we leave him. We find it being spoken about in one of Paul’s epistles (Scripture in the “scriptures” section).
This isn’t to say that we lose our salvation, but we certainly don’t enter into eternity being rewarded, but rather by the skin of our teeth. As Romans tells us as well as many other books in the New Testament, we are not given a green light to sin against the Lord, and to break his commandments pertaining to life (spiritually or physically).
He isn’t “good” about us deciding to sin because we’re now saved and cleansed from our sin. But he wants us to be obedient to him as a good son would be obedient to a loving father. The Lord has a rod and a staff. Just because we’re saved, doesn’t mean that he bears the staff in vain.
Some of us wind up learning things of the Lord the hard way, and learn that the rod of reproof isn’t pleasant. But so long as we are pliable in his hands, and respond righteously to his reproof, discipline, or correction, we will better for it, rather than being broken beyond repair due to being stiff necked.
Related New Testament Scripture
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
1 Corinthians 3:
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Thank you for your Word, grace, for your loving-kindness, as well as your patience toward us your children. Please forgive us Lord if we have behaved stiff necked against you or your precepts. Please help us in whatever way necessary to bring us in line to your will, your Word, and your good graces, rather than us continuing in sin against you and being further removed from the path that you have established for every one of us. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you need to be often reproved in order for the Lord to get your attention?