Weekly Devo

The Stupidity Of It All

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid. Proverbs 12:1 NIV

I recently stated in a sermon, that I have spent much time in my life being stupid. Someone in my small group commented, “I could never stand in front of that many people and say that I was stupid.” Oh well, it is true, I might as well own it.  You see, God has placed someone in my life who is my biggest fan. They love me more than any other person on this planet. They want to see me succeed more than all others. They care for me more than I understand. Who is this wonderful person you might ask? It is my wife, Amy. She knows me better than anyone else. She desires to see me be successful, confident, and to be used by God.  So, when she points out to me my blind spots, I should be glad. After all, she has my best interests at heart. So, what is my problem? Back to the verse above, I don’t like to be corrected. God has placed her in my life to help me. And I show my gratitude by getting upset. Even angry sometimes. Why would I do that, you may ask?  Pride. I would rather keep doing the same things wrongly, than to admit my error, and change course. This misguided path takes me away from my goal, which should be to become more like Christ.  Instead I cling to sinful attitudes and behaviors, sulking because I was corrected. Not because I don’t believe I need to be corrected. I do know that I need it. I just don’t like being corrected. Later, when I come to my senses, and realize that I am in need of repentance, I confess and turn to Christ.  I look back at what I was holding onto, recognizing that it was foolish, not wise, and according to scripture, stupid. It is temporal, where the corrected character is eternal. I need is to embrace correction and consider it pure joy to have God help me to become more like Christ. I will get there by the Grace of God.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, please teach me to welcome correction. Help me to become more like you each day. Help me to die to my pride and my need for self-recognition. Please change me, removing all that doesn’t glorify you.  In your name I pray, Amen.
-Pastor Dave