“The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.” Proverbs 10:8
(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Proverbs 10-12 & Romans 10)
I had an incident at work last night. Something didn’t go the way management hoped it would and the responsibility was placed on the staff in general. I took exception immediately deflecting responsibility to everyone BUT myself.
Then I am God-led into today’s verse. God must have a sense of humor or else He would have me joining the crowd outside of Noah’s ark!
The older I get the harder it is to take criticism. In full retirement the by-product showed itself within the household. Now that I am working part-time, that same bad reaction to other’s “input” is blossoming. That no longer can be!
Solomon was given the gift of wisdom. I must take his God-given words (in Proverbs) as words to live by. When he says that “the wise in heart accept commands,” it is solid advice. As often as I chose to doubt it, others know more than I do. Others are looking out for me. God is looking out for me. How else can He get my attention save I hear “His” advice from those in my midst?
A consistent struggle for believers, especially myself, is reacting to others. The quick responses and the quick deeds are often the trouble finders. “Act in haste, repent in leisure.”
“Lord, this is another one of those bulls-eye Scriptures. I needed to read it and I thank You for directing me to it. I need to be open to correction and instruction. I need not be so defensive. I need to look at it as You speaking to me through Your own means. Forgive me for reacting poorly. I commit to You this day. I love You, Father.”