Proverbs 15 7-15-18

We can’t get around it: our sin keeps us from enjoying God. It skews our understanding and our perception of who He truly is and what He wants for our lives.

[12] Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.

We begin this world myopic (nearsighted) and we stay that way until the Spirit opens our eyes by giving us His sight. Mockers cannot see beyond their own understanding of their world. They will not listen to any other explanation, and many times “shoot the messenger.”

[18] A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a  quarrel.

The hot-tempered person here is that mocker; the one who is patient is practicing one of the attributes of God: Patience. It’s a fruit of having the Spirit inside.

[19] The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.

The sluggard here is that mocker; he is not interested in doing what needs to be done to safeguard his future because he doesn’t see the reason for it. He is acting on how he feels at the moment rather than on what needs to be done. A person doesn’t have to be lethargic to be a sluggard. There are many who would rather “play” than work. They just can’t see beyond their feelings. The upright person has maintained his road by clearing it of obstacles, briers, and by filling in holes. This path is a much-traveled path and keeping it serviced requires routine work, work that the sluggard would rather not do.

[21] Folly delights a man who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course.

Mockers have no sense of true right and wrong. They only have their own sense by which to judge. The problem is that Satan will tell them anything to keep them from seeing things God’s way. The only way to true understanding is to ask God to reveal it to us, which requires a different set of glasses (to correct the myopia).

[33] Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor.

There are three things that need to happen in order for a mocker to repent:

  1. He must see himself for who he truly is: a sinner separated from God, which takes true humility. This perspective must be initiated by the Spirit; what He looks for, I don’t know. I DO know that our prayers have something to do with the Spirit’s moving in lost people’s lives.
  2. He must be willing to own up to his own choices. God doesn’t owe us anything. In fact, we deserve hell. Many people miss this little fact. Repentance is more than feeling sorry for getting caught; it’s about taking responsibility for our own actions and asking God to forgive us and then pledging ourselves to follow Him from now on.
  3. He must claim the sacrifice of Christ as his own for the remission of sin and believe that He truly is a Risen Lord. He must receive the love of God through Christ as the Holy Spirit comes to live in him. He must be willing to set aside his own viewpoint and adopt God’s viewpoint from now on. Only the Spirit can make this happen–He does it all the time!!!

Let us keep praying for those who are still living errant lives. Sinners act like sinners–right up to the point where the Spirit calls them out of that life!

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