The scripture for today is Proverbs 23:12
Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge.
The word 'instruction' in our text today is the Hebrew word “muwcar.” It means chastisement, reproof, warning; also correction, discipline, doctrine, and rebuke. Any of these connotations can be included in instruction. It is also important to understand where the instruction is coming from. Many of the texts which use this word are speaking to the relationship of a parent to a child and, more importantly, of God to His children. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility.” Proverbs 15:33
The child of God should never be discouraged by the correction of the Lord. God's correction is always an act of love, for those whom He loves He corrects. Parents who love their children will instruct them in the ways of wholesome living. Those instructions will not always be what the child wants to hear, but they will be what is best for the child.
Wisdom can be measured in how well we receive and follow instruction. “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” Proverbs 4:13 “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” Proverbs 6:23 A loving God watches over His children, leading and correcting them throughout their lives. The process of spiritual growth involves learning to receive and follow the instruction that God gives. Immaturity is characterized by the refusal to follow the instruction of one who is knowledgeable. “Seeing thou hate instruction, and cast my words behind thee.” Psalms 50:17
Those who grow in their walk with the Lord will come “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity.” Proverbs 1:2-3
God bless you as you continue in His service.