The Rod and Reproof Bring Wisdom

I’m amused by the story of the boy who was fishing on a stream when a group of teenagers arrived on the scene with their rods and reels and fancy flies. They thrashed the water as they joked and laughed casting and reeling in repeatedly but catching nothing. The boy sat int … More

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It is important to use the rod and reproof when children are young and forming both character and habits for life (v. 19). If they are not corrected when they are young, verbal correction will accomplish very little when they become older, for they will refuse to obey commands then. This is why our jails are filled today. This is also a big reason why mothers need to be in the home.

There is less hope for a person who is insensitive to others than there is for a fool because he brings trouble on others as well as on himself (v. 20). Failure to discipline a servant and then require him to carry out responsibilities will bring grief. (v. 21). It is impossible to have a close relationship with the Lord and have an angry spirit (v. 22). An angry, hot tempered person causes all kinds of strife and commits many sins. Ironically pride by which a person seeks to elevate himself only results in his being brought low (v. 23) while the humble will be elevated by others to a position of honor.

It is a serious thing to partake of other mens’ sins. A man who forms a partnership with a thief in reality despises his own life (v. 24). In court he must either lie or say nothing. If he testifies he will implicate himself and if he says nothing he will be assumed guilty (Lev. 5:1). The person who fears God will not fear man. However, the person who fears man will never fear God as he should (v. 25). Many seek the approval of men when God alone determines the destiny of men (v. 26). Good people and criminals can’t stand each other (v. 27).

Application

A question to ask myself is; In the decisions I make and the things I do, do I find myself seeking the approval of man or God?

Proverbs 29:19-27 (English Standard Version)

By mere words a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not respond. Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Whoever pampers his servant from childhood will in the end find him his heir. A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression. One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. The partner of a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing. The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe. Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the LORD that a man gets justice. An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.

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