Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Proverbs 3:11-13 -- On Happiness, Wisdom, and Correction

"My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding."
Proverbs 3:11-13

The idea of wise = happy here is interesting, and I think true, even though sometimes "overthinking" can cause unhappiness.  Overthinking and even just a lot of knowledge are very different than wisdom, though we can confuse them.  I think where we get into trouble is when we learn stuff and think that it trumps what God has to teach us, or that we can add to God's doctrine and teach our version of the gospel because... duh, it must obviously be the way *we* think it is. :)  That's one reason, perhaps, that this verse comes after the other two in the selection.  God is showing us that we have to be humble and willing to learn from, and be corrected by, the Lord.

Today, let's be wise and humble.  Let's listen to the Lord, and not grow weary of his correction.  That's how we get better.  And as we get better, and wiser, that's where the third verse comes in, because in the finding and getting of wisdom and understanding, we also are finding and getting happiness, through that same correction and the resultant growth.  God is leading us on a path towards perfection.  We aren't always going to get it right, but if we are humble enough and wise enough to stick with it, he'll eventually get us there. :)

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