Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates correction is stupid.
This could hardly be plainer or more to the point. There is no telling how much potential has been wasted by people who have refused correction. We humans have a strong desire to be right, and to resist when we are told we are wrong. We also want results to be poured into our laps, rather than our putting in the effort to achieve whatever it is we desire. The problem is, that will get us into trouble every time. As the Bible points out in several places, in God’s economy, humility is the way to advancement. (1 Peter 5:6, etc.) It’s not wrong to be assured of what you know, but even there you need to be open to learning more, or even better. History is filled with examples from science and medicine of “accepted truth” turning out to be quite wrong. I don’t think any of us today would want someone to drain a liter of our blood to try to “cure” us of the flu! Pride has been a stumbling block for humanity ever since Eden, and it is actually Satan’s sin. (Isaiah 14:12-14) That should tell us how dangerous it is! To gain all that God has for us, we first have to recognize that we don’t yet have it all, and then be willing to do whatever is called for to receive God’s provision.
Hating correction is indeed stupid, and harms the person with that attitude even more than it harms those around them – and that can really be saying something! I have certainly had my problems with demanding to be right, as well as with hurting others by insisting they were wrong. As I deal with others who struggle with that issue, I’ve got to remember that only God is always right, and keep learning even as I help others to learn. Much of my life at this point is spent in positions of authority or at least seniority, and that can be very risky. I’m not to swallow all the things people say about me! I need to extend to others the patience and grace that God has poured out on me, so that together we may be drawn closer to Him.
Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for all the things You have done in this conference, and particularly for totally rearranging the schedule from what was originally planned. I ask for Your presence and guidance in the last session this morning. Keep me from pontificating! I continue to ask that my every word and action would draw people to You, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!