Proverbs 1:23 – The rebel’s problem is not environmental; it is spiritual!

wealth of wisdomProverbs 1 serves as a great introduction to this Book of “Uncommon” Common Sense!  In its opening verses, Solomon sets forth his reason for compiling the wise sayings in Proverbs (1:1-6).

In Proverbs 1:7, Solomon defined the genesis of godly wisdom [“The fear of the LORD”] and the character of fools [they “despise wisdom and instruction”].

After reading Proverbs 1:7, it occurs to me that a wise parent will face honestly the question concerning the character of their son or daughter.  Does your son or daughter hear and heed the instructions of the spiritual authorities in their life [parents; grandparents; teachers and pastors – 1:8]?  A child with a bent to fools hate knowledgefoolishness will rebel.  A child bent to accept wisdom will wear instruction like “an ornament of grace” and priceless chains of gold about her neck (1:9).

Our devotion today will briefly consider Proverbs 1:23.

Proverbs 1:23 – “Turn [repent; turn away from your sin] you at my reproof [rebuke; chastisement]: behold, I [“Godly Wisdom” is speaking] will pour out [emit; send forth] my spirit [mind] unto you, I will make known [declare; show] my words [commandments] unto you.”

This verse offers hope to parents engaged in a battle of wills with a foolish son or daughter.  Far too many Christian parents foolishly accommodate a child’s rebellion by trying to change their circumstances [different school; different church; bending the rules of the home].  Mom and dad, the problem with your rebel is not environmental, it is spiritual!

Wisdom is personified in Proverbs 1:23 as one who offers godly counsel.  She addresses the issue of the rebel’s heart when she counsels, “Turn you at my reproof” [literally, repent and accept correction]!  She promises, when the rebel repents, she will “pour out my spirit” [indicating a godly spirit—a different mind, attitude, purpose].  With a renewed spirit and mind, the heart is ready to receive godly wisdom [“make known my words unto you” – 1:23].

repentanceSome parents reading today’s devotional need to change their attitude toward godly instruction if there is any hope for their child.  I understand the feeling of desperation when facing the heartbreak of a foolish son or daughter; however, you cannot accommodate their sin by believing if you change their environment things will get better. The problem is not outward; it is a problem of a heart that needs to repent.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 – But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.”