Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 20, 2016

“Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 19:15-29.

“15 Laziness casts into a deep sleep,
And an idle man will suffer hunger.
16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who is careless of conduct will die.
17 One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord,
And He will repay him for his good deed.
18 Discipline your son while there is hope,
And do not desire his death.
19 A man of great anger will bear the penalty,
For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.
20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline,
That you may be wise the rest of your days.
21 Many plans are in a man’s heart,
But the counsel of the Lord will stand.
22 What is desirable in a man is his kindness,
And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
23 The fear of the Lord leads to life,
So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish,
But will not even bring it back to his mouth.
25 Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd,
But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.
26 He who assaults his father and drives his mother away
Is a shameful and disgraceful son.
27 Cease listening, my son, to discipline,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice,
And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
And blows for the back of fools.”  Proverbs 19:15-29.

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We need discipline.  Today’s Scripture is filled with exhortations to listen to counsel and accept discipline.

“Listen to counsel and accept discipline,
That you may be wise the rest of your days.”  Verse 20.

“Discipline your son while there is hope,
And do not desire his death.”  Verse 18.

“Cease listening, my son, to discipline,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.”  Verse 27.

Other doctrine trusts in its own wisdom and will-power.  Other doctrine is wise in its own eyes. 

But, Reformed Doctrine knows its own natural condition of “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, and accordingly, Reformed Doctrine is humble, not wise in its own eyes.  Reformed Doctrine listens to counsel and accepts discipline. 

“7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones.”  Proverbs 3:7-8.

The LORD disciplines us, because we are His sons and He loves us and knows that the discipline is for our good, for our holiness, and for our righteousness.

“and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;
For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”
It is for discipline that you endure;  God deals with you as with sons;  for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?  But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.  Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them;  shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?  For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.  All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful;  yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”  Hebrews 12:5-11.

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