Proverbs 12:1-7 Standing Firm

1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
   but whoever hates correction is stupid.

 2 Good people obtain favor from the LORD,
   but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.

 3 No one can be established through wickedness,
   but the righteous cannot be uprooted.

 4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,
   but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

 5 The plans of the righteous are just,
   but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.

 6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
   but the speech of the upright rescues them.

 7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
   but the house of the righteous stands firm.

Standing Firm

Wisdom helps things to endure.  A marriage endures if the couple is wise.  A nation endures if its leaders are wise.  A company endures if it makes wise decisions and has insight.  It is foolish to go it alone and take on the world.  It is best to find a mentor who has themselves endured.  If a marriage is shaky seek counsel from people who have made it through the years.  Learn from their strength.  If your business is shaky find consultants who have tricks of the trade to teach.  In business sometimes, fools whose companies fail go into consulting, so it is best to know who you are taking to.  Do not be proud.  Proud people can not hear advice from veterans and so they fail.  The simple truth of this is illustrated in the movie Cars.  Lightning McQueen won’t take advice from The King or Doc Hudson and so he fails.  It is when he finally listens to Doc that he is a success.

Questions

  1. How do fools respond to correction and discipline?
  2. What is needed for something to stand?
  3. How are ‘teachability’ and wisdom connected?
  4. What are people afraid of when they bristle at constant advice?
  5. Who do you seek out to advise you?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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