DAILY WORD 8/6/21
12. Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise.
Proverbs 15:12 NLT
Today’s Passage mirrors Verse 10 in that it gives us a view of the consequences of rejecting Correction or turning away from Instruction. This Passage shows us the dangers of “smack talking” and what actions to be aware of when we fall into this behavior.
Now, let me say, as always, I am preaching to myself with all of these Daily Word posts, especially this one. None of these posts are directed at any specific individual. When I write, I’m writing to me. If anyone else is inspired by it, that’s just an additional blessing.
That being said, as I read this Passage, it reminds me that, especially in this day of rampant social media trolling, it is easy to get caught up in mocking and scorning others. The reasons are myriad, but the fact remains that those who fall into this type of behavior are not pleasing God with their actions.
I fall into this quite often myself, though these days, I rarely allow my internal thoughts to spill out online or in person. However, as Proverbs 23:7 tells us, “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Or in other words, just because it doesn’t come out of your mouth, that doesn’t mean God is any happier with your attitude.
Romans 12:2 speaks to this state of mind specifically when it says, “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” This is both an indication that our views have weight in God’s Eyes, and it gives us a clue as to how we can combat the rampant thoughts cascading through our corrupt minds.
If there were any doubts as to this fact, Hebrews 4:12 clears them up, telling us, “the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
It also gives another clue as to how to fight against the natural inclinations of our minds. The Word Of God is the tool God has given us to combat our fleshly flaws, including mocking those around us that we may disagree with. He has also given us His Spirit so that when we find ourselves being weak in our Faith, He is there to take up the slack.
What God is looking for out of us is a heart that will uplift, support, and reach out to those we have issues with, not beat them down and mock them. He didn’t do that to us when we messed up. He Offered us a Helping Hand, not a smack to the face!
This is the difference between a Child of God and the world. Those who mirror God’s Heart do not give in to their desire to strike out at their perceived enemies. They do what it takes to draw them to Him, even if it is painful or would be easier to do otherwise.
When we see a flaw in ourselves, the prudent thing to do would be to go to someone we know that is doing it correctly. But that’s not what the world does. Today’s Passage indicates that the scorner will not go to the wise man for advice.
It is imperative to both recognize our shortcomings and be willing to address them by seeking out those who have overcome similar issues and applying their advice to our situations. That also requires us having access to those who have gone through the fire and come out the other side purged and renewed.
We cannot do this by ourselves, and if we are expected to make it, we must be willing to address our mistakes and turn them around by whatever means necessary. The bottom line is, we have to be willing to do whatever it takes to recognize and address our shortcomings if we want to please God and receive the Reward He has waiting for us.
That includes mocking those who we deem worthy of our scorn. When we ask, “What would Jesus do?” we must be able actually to apply the answers to our lives. Only then are we on the Path to Righteousness. Until we are ready to do that, we will always have more work to do. This is just a thought that I need to apply to my own life.
Have a Fantastic Friday and Be Kind, It’s More Than Just Neighborly, It May Help Get You Into Heaven!