Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Proverbs 21:10-11 Receiving knowledge

Pro 21:10  The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbor findeth no favor in his eyes.
Pro 21:11  When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
I hope you don't mind if I share a personal story with you today.  Years ago, our kiddos participated in a play, called The Holy War.  This was an adaptation for children of the story Pilgrim's Progress, which some of you were studying recently.  A town was being besieged by the devil and his demons, and the characters inside the town were named for traits of the human character. We were always chuckling when we heard Impatience say her line in practice: "I want what I want, when I want it!"
Recently I was reminded of this by a situation that I observed.  Someone I know was anxious to have a certain kind of phone . . . a smartphone.  (Personally, I am fine with my old, "not-so-smart" phone --- after all, I just use it to call people when the situation is urgent. But I digress.)  This person researched how to purchase a smart phone and how to "unlock" it (this is legal) and then use it with a wireless provider, etc, etc.  Then the shopping began. But at this point, the patience wore thin for this individual, and even though I tried to give good counsel, and advise slowing down a little, a phone was purchased from an ebay seller pretty quickly.  The next ten days were quite instructional for the buyer, as neither the phone nor the accessories were as advertised, and needed to be returned and the price refunded.

Our verse above says that when a wise person is instructed, they receive knowledge. Well, I wouldn't put me in the "wise" category, but this whole scenario did make me think --- how many times do I rush ahead of God, and say, "I want what I want, when I want it."
How about you? Is there a situation that you can share that has instructed you?

1 comment:

Belinda said...

I think the key word here is "wise" because I tend to listen to anyone who gives me advice. Later I figure out if it's wise or not. Ha!!
I must pray for discernment more.

I'm really bad to make decisions and then ask God to bless them because I too want what I want when I want it! I'm working on that too!!