Proverbs 23:12 — Give yourselves to disciplined instruction; open your ears to tested knowledge (MSG).
As I studied this particular principle, I discovered its message is three-fold. Applying this verse to your life will help prevent you from making unnecessary mistakes and poor decisions. I pray that you are blessed.
First, nobody knows everything, including you. We must be teachable. Be open to learn from anyone in any situation. If we were able to know everything, then we would be on an even playing field with God. I hate to break it to you, but that is never going to happen.
Secondly, you must apply your heart and mind to discipline. Because you do not know everything, you are going to make mistakes. Discipline is meant to get you back on track when you mess up, and it also serves as a reminder not to repeat your mistakes.
The Bible says to give, or apply, yourself to disciplined instruction. I used to get in trouble when I was in school because I did not apply myself. I knew what to do and how to do it; I just didn’t do it. God places people in your life to help guide you. Learn to apply the sound instruction you receive to your life.
Lastly, open your ears to tested knowledge. The key word here is tested. Many people inadvertently lend their ears to foolishness. Your life is too valuable to allow yourself to be governed by other people’s opinions. There is a lot of knowledge to be gained from the experiences of others, but you must be able to discern what is beneficial to you and what is not.
I encourage you today to take advantage of the opportunities you will have to learn. Though discipline is often uncomfortable, allow it to bring correction and structure to your life. Godly knowledge is readily available to you. Listen for it.
Proverbs 15:32 — He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding (NIV).
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