Proverbs 5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
The book of Proverbs serves as a chronicle of a father’s instruction to his son. Those who approach Proverbs with a teachable spirit can gain much practical help in making wise decisions. In chapter five, Solomon warned his son to heed wise instruction. He told his son that failure to do so would lead to regrets later in life when the son would say, “How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; and have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!” Chapter one of Proverbs offers the solution to the matter: “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning” (Proverbs 1:5). Those who are wise are continually learning. When an individual refuses to have a teachable spirit, he identifies himself as the fool that he is. Everyone has much to learn so be teachable or stay a fool! The choice is yours.
∙ (For children): Your dad and mom are trying to teach you the ways of God. Are you listening and practicing what God says to do (Proverbs 8:32-33)? This teaching is for your own good (Proverbs 13:18).
∙ (For everyone): How do we demonstrate arrogance and pride when we refuse to be taught by others? How will it ultimately hinder our spiritual growth in the Lord?
∙ Why is it important that, from an early age, children be taught the importance of being teachable? How does this affect us in our homes, jobs, and churches?
∙ Ask the Lord to help you receive proper instruction.
∙ Ask God to remove any pride that would keep you from learning.