Pr. 5:12: “And say, “How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised correction.””
There are some lessons we need to grab hold of before it’s too late. In this verse, Solomon is teaching his son the peril of adultery. (Although this could be applied to any sin that lays hold) He lists the consequences that come from giving into that sin. The man’s honor was given to others, his years given to the cruel one, others got his wealth and workers, and realizing too late that he should have listened to instruction and correction, he finally mourned while being completely consumed.
If we don’t have solid long-term thinking in place, we are prone to making poor decisions in the heat of the moment. This is why we must prepare ourselves beforehand. Why do you believe what you believe? Why is it important for you to not engage in certain activities? Why do you choose to live as a child of God? You need to know who you are in Christ, and why you are His. This will help you not to be “caught up” in smooth words, alluring appearances, and bitter lies.
Don’t hate the instruction of the Lord. Embrace it. It is freely given.
Don’t despise His correction, or the correction of godly men and women around you. Children are corrected because they are loved. Embrace it as something that may, in fact, save your life.
Thank you, Lord, for Your words of wisdom that protect us and bring life to our lives. Truly You are a Father who loves and cherishes His own. I am grateful to be called Your child. Help us, Lord, not to depart from Your perfect words.