Bible Reading: Proverbs 17.25-28
A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him. 26 It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness. 27 He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
In yesterday’s reading, we are told that a man of understanding concentrates on wisdom, but a fool lacks concentration (17.24). His mind roams everywhere. The writer of Hebrews encourages us to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith (12.2).” If we want to walk in the wisdom of God we must be fixed on our Teacher and His instruction to us. Too often we have a wandering eye and a vacant distracted mind. This is like sitting in a classroom and having your eyes wander from here to there and not listening to the teacher. We must not be like that student, but instead have your eyes riveted on the Teacher so we will be discerning.
Parents, we must teach our children this. This goes for the school classroom, but also when it comes to reading scripture and listening to sermons. They must be fixed or otherwise they will be fools causing grief and bitterness to his parents.
We also must pursue wisdom, so we will be wise with our relationships with the righteous. It also profits us to be fixed on Jesus and His wisdom so that we will be wise with our words and temper. The apostle James tells us to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God (1.19-20).
Pursue wisdom by being fixed on the Teacher, the Lord Jesus.
Memory Verse: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17.22