Scoffers Disrespect Authority

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Daily Reading: Joshua 5:1-7:15, Luke 15:1-32, Psalm 81:1-16, Proverbs 13:1

Daily Verse: “A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.” Prov. 13:1

Scoffers disrespect authority.

Everyone has authority in their life; God rules over all.  But scoffers think they know better than anyone else, including God.  As a result, mockers’ hearts become hard, and they can’t learn, unteachable.  No matter the discipline, fools never learn.

On the other hand, wise people keep their hearts soft, recognizing they don’t know everything.  Remaining teachable, when Christ’s followers receive discipline, they learn and grow from the experience.

One prayer I often say, especially when I feel my heart hardening towards an individual or circumstance, helps me remain teachable.  “Keep my heart soft, Lord,” allows me to stay in tune with God, recognize my sinfulness, and grow.

“Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Cor. 13:12

Only God knows us fully, we know in part.  Remaining teachable helps us become the creation God intended.  Wisdom comes from above; discipline helps us learn the Lord’s lessons.

Lord, forgive us for the times we think we know more than we do.  Help us remain teachable, keeping our hearts soft and our minds receptive to the lessons You have for us.  Let us fulfill our purpose on earth as we become more like Jesus.  IJNIP. Amen

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