Proverbs Challenge (Day 9)

Welcome to Day 9 of the Proverbs Challenge, and if you have been joining in with this challenge up until now, you will realise that that means, today, we are reading Chapter 9!

The couplet that spoke to me this morning was:

“Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt. So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more. Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.”

Proverbs 9:7-10

My thoughts: Am I a mocker or a wise person? How do I respond to criticism? Do I put down, or come back with a ”smart answer” when rebuked? Or do I listen to what is being said?

I love to ask questions. I always teach to ask ”why?” – Why do we think, or feel a certain way? Why do we respond in a certain manner? Because, when we ask why, the Holy Spirit can guide us into God’s truths

This couplet from Proverbs 9 has made me realise how far I have come. I was the person who always wanted the last word, and who never wanted to come across as weak, or feel like I was wrong. Therefore, I would ”tear people apart” with my words, thoughts, and feelings. If I felt terrible, I would make sure that the other individual felt worse!

Yet, God then revealed my brokenness, but from this, I have found freedom, over time, to see not only myself as a child of God but others, as God created them to be. Therefore, I can now learn from others, because I no longer feel threatened by their identities, as I am not walking from a place of rejection

My reflection: We need to learn from others because this is one path to wisdom. We are created to love God and love each other. Therefore, we each bring a different revelation from life

Wisdom also begins with knowing God because He gives insight into living because He created life! Therefore, to know God means that we just don’t want to know facts about Him, but we stand in awe and have a personal relationship with Him

What did God show you within Proverbs 9?

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Rebecca Brand

My hearts desire is for everyone to have an intimate relationship with Christ. To hear the voice of God and to experience His presence. Also, to help disciple others to discover their purpose within the body of Christ - through the power of the Holy Spirit.

My God-given dream is to break down barriers within life and the Church as a whole to strengthen and develop relationships within every denomination and bring unity - so that we will collectively raise up together and fulfil the Great Commission, within this lifetime.

I am living proof that no matter what your past was or whatever your life has become - God will use you to fulfil what He created you to do, when you step out in obedience and faith.

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