“Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. A good man obtaineth favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will He condemn” (Proverbs 12:1-2). No one likes to be corrected, but a wise person will deeply appreciate it when someone tries to help them improve. We are living in a time in the history of man when it seems that no one wants to admit doing anything wrong. We have seen leaders excuse improper behavior away by trying to define the word, “is.” We have seen athletes justify unlawful behavior by blaming others. We have seen religious leaders fall, trying to explain away their wrong actions by just saying, “I’m sorry.”
When coaching young men in the past, I have explained to them many times that there is a correct response to instruction, and an incorrect response. The incorrect response involves any kind of excuse. The proper response is to listen and make changes. I have said it this way to my former players; “Losers make excuses; winners make adjustments.” According to these verses, there is a right way and a wrong way to respond to correction. We need to realize that correction helps us get back on track after we have made mistakes. All of us have made mistakes. All of us will make mistakes. Our response to these times will determine whether we will grow and mature, or continue to wallow in our sin and back-slide.
The person who refuses instruction is called “brutish.” That word literally means, stupid. I have been called stupid before, and I have acted that part before. I do not want God to look at me and call me “stupid.” I want God to be able see that when He corrects me, I respond correctly and make changes and bow my knee to Him. I want to respond well when God offers me instruction. I do not want to try to explain my actions, but I want to repent of them and accept God’s plan for me.
The second verse say that a man of “wicked devices” will be condemned. That word, “devices,” literally means, machination. According to Webster’s Dictionary, that word means … a scheming or crafty action or artful design intended to accomplish some usually evil end. I do not want my life to be characterized by sneaking around, trying to fool people into believing that I am spiritual. Today I want to receive correction with a godly attitude; changing areas of my life that need to be changed; accepting God’s way over mine.
“Wisdom is seeing through the eyes of God.” – Unknown