FRIDAY, JULY 5
“A wise son hears his father’s instruction,
but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.”
Proverbs 13:1 ESV
OPTIMAL FRIENDS ARE TEACHABLE
Hopefully, the older we get the wiser we get. And hopefully the older we get the more teachable we get. Proverbs 13:1 teaches that wise sons listen to what their fathers try to teach them. Here is one author’s view of how our opinions of dads grow over time:
4 years: My daddy can do anything.
7 years: My dad knows a lot, a whole lot.
12 years: Oh, well, naturally Father doesn’t know that, either.
14 years: Father? Hopelessly old-fashioned.
21 years: Oh, that man is out-of-date. What did you expect?
30 years: Maybe we ought to find out what Dad thinks.
50 years: I wonder what Dad would have thought about that. He was pretty smart.
65 years: I’d give anything if Dad were here so I could talk this over with him.
The earlier in life we realize that dads can offer valuable wisdom the better. The person who refuses to listen to correction is referred to as a “scoffer” in Proverbs 13:1. The “scoffer” is the worst kind of fool. He has no respect for authority, rejects worship of God, and is unteachable because he thinks he knows it all. So the principle is the opposite of a wise teachable son is a foolish person who refuses to be corrected when they are wrong.
Casey reminded us on Sunday that the optimal friends in our life are the ones who can learn from their mistakes. No one enjoys being around a know-it-all type of a person. And being too closely tied to someone who is never willing to admit they are wrong and who is never willing to change is frustrating. I think the challenge may be when we don’t realize we are the person who always thinks they are right and who is rarely willing to change. Take a few minutes and ask God if you are teachable. Then sometime today ask a few close friends if they think you are teachable. Then take some time to share with them what God has been teaching you this week through this study.