Book: Proverbs 17
“A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.”
In short, wise people learn from a single corrective comment while foolish people still do not learn after many corrective comments and actions. So why the difference? Why do the wise learn quickly and the foolish do not? Could it be an issue of pride?
The wise understand that they have a life of learning and do not have all the answers. They choose to receive with open hearts the guidance God is wanting and willing to give them. The wise know that relying on God instead of themselves will keep them safe, provide for their needs, and will make them into the people God intended.
The fool on the other hand is not interested in what God says, or others who are trying to help them. They believe that they know best and what is best for themselves. Although many would not say it, they believe/act as if they know better than God and haven’t any desire to rely on Him. They are not interested in becoming what God has intended but rather on being “self-made”.
As you consider characters in the Bible you will remember Pharaoh and Moses. Pharaoh was told over and over again to let God’s people go. He refused. Over and over again he and Egypt suffered the consequences. Even when he finally did let God’s people go, Pharaoh sent his army after them. This resulted in the loss of Pharaoh’s own life as well as his army since they drowned in the Red Sea (Psalm 136:15)
Now compare this to the Pharaoh and Joseph. Pharaoh responded to the cup bearer’s suggestion to listen to the prisoner in jail named Joseph. He listened to Joseph interpret the dream and followed the instruction, “Therefore, Pharaoh should find an intelligent and wise man and put him in charge of the entire land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh should appoint supervisors over the land and let them collect one-fifth of all crops during the seven good years. Have them gather all the food produced in the good years that are just ahead and bring it to Pharaoh’s storehouses. Store it away, and guard it so there will be food in the cities…” Pharaoh gained much (including his life) by listening once and acting on it. It is interesting to note that Pharaoh did not choose or look for someone with a Masters Degree of Government Affairs but rather a “man so obviously filled with the spirit of God.”
May we, as individuals, quickly receive correction from God and act on it knowing He knows what is best and is looking out for us.