[QTVOTD] Wise rebuke or praise from a fool…discuss.

“It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.  For like the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)!” Ecclesiastes 7:5-6 ->me: There have been some events in my life where this has hit a little too close to home lately.  The ‘song of a fool’ here represents flattering praise.  I should stop and think for a moment about what the fool is praising me for…is it something I really want to be getting praise for?  The fool’s hierarchy of priorities and judgement should give me pause.  Even when I am striving to be who I should be in the Lord, a correction by someone wise in my life can be infuriating.  1) Have I surrounded myself with wise people or have I isolated myself because I just want to live in my self-sufficient bubble?  Do I give people I consider wise permission to confront me?  2) When I am confronted with a wise rebuke am I heeding the counsel; do I stop for a moment to appreciate the courage and love of the person willing to put themselves in the possible line of fire to tell me what I need to hear?  Even if don’t immediately agree or see the truth, am I committing to pray and seek the Lord in His word on the issue?  Operating this way has shown to be very humbling but oh so powerful in allowing God to use those closest to me to be a part of my sanctification process.  Thank you Lord for these courageous and special people in my life…’people’, you know who you are.  🙂

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