I love how timely the delivery of God’s Word has been lately in my life. It’s as if God knows exactly what I need to hear when I need to hear it. Oh wait, He does.
Proverbs 29 fell on a heart aching for these truths and on ears ready to hear them today…mine. I’ll be the first to say that I am and will forever be a student of God’s Word. Do I teach the Word of God? Absolutely! But first and foremost, I am a student of it. What does that mean? Well, for starters, I don’t have it all figured out, and I never will on this side of heaven. So, I will continue to lean in, to learn, to seek truth and wisdom from the only infallible source: The Word of God.
Wisdom speaks once again in this chapter of Proverbs, and this time it speaks to two specific things: teachability and trusting God. I guess I never realized how much they go hand in hand before today. To be teachable assumes a posture of humility that listens to and receives correction and instruction. That position of receiving isn’t always a pleasant one. It often hurts. It can feel incredibly uncomfortable, and in the discomfort of it, we are beckoned to trust the Lord—to trust that He is the One who is ultimately in control of the outcome, to trust that He is the righter of all wrongs, to trust that He is the potter and we are the clay, to trust that He will accomplish in us whatever He intends to, even if it requires some hard lessons learned.
It’s not easy to value this, but it’s wise to. A teachable person effectively destroys the enemy of pride that so often creeps up, even on the best of us. A teachable person invites wisdom into their life, and a teachable person encourages others to do the same. It’s contagious.
Trusting the LORD.
Maybe you and I need a timely reminder today that God is trustworthy. He doesn’t need to earn our trust. He simply is trustworthy, a safe place for us to take all of our heavy stuff to. So, the next time you find yourself receiving correction and instruction, lean into the Lord. Ask the Lord, “Is this truth? Do I need to adhere to this instruction?” Then, walk in His way. The way of wisdom.
“Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.” Proverbs 29:1
“Pride brings a person low,
but the lowly in spirit gain honor.” Proverbs 29:23
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25