Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 31, 2017

“He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, But he who ignores reproof goes astray.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ecclesiastes chapter 4.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verse.

“A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction.”  Ecclesiastes 4:13.


Considering the following Scripture, we have reason to believe that Solomon may have been thinking of himself as the “old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction.”  And, we can also be warned that as wise and as rich and as powerful as King Solomon was, he still got into much trouble after he no longer received instruction.

“For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods;  and his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.  For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians and after Milcom the detestable idol of the Ammonites.  Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not follow the Lord fully, as David his father had done.”  1 Kings 11:4-6.

“Now the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods;  but he did not observe what the Lord had commanded.  So the Lord said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and you have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant. ”  1 Kings 11:9-11.

So, through God’s grace, let us learn from Solomon’s lesson and be humble (not proud, not wise in our own eyes).  Let us continually seek and receive instruction through the Bible, through trustworthy and wise counselors, and through sound doctrine preached and taught in worship services and Sunday School classes and other Bible studies.  

And, Solomon’s proverbs can help!

“The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To discern the sayings of understanding,
3 To receive instruction in wise behavior,
Righteousness, justice and equity;
4 To give prudence to the naive,
To the youth knowledge and discretion,
5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning,
And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and a figure,
The words of the wise and their riddles.

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  Proverbs 1:1-7.

“13 Take hold of instruction;  do not let go.
Guard her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked
And do not proceed in the way of evil men.”  Proverbs 4:13-14.

“10 “Take my instruction and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choicest gold.
11 “For wisdom is better than jewels;
And all desirable things cannot compare with her.”  Proverbs 8:10-11.

“33 “Heed instruction and be wise,
And do not neglect it.
34 “Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at my doorposts.
35 “For he who finds me finds life
And obtains favor from the Lord.”  Proverbs 8:33-35.

“He is on the path of life who heeds instruction,
But he who ignores reproof goes astray.”  Proverbs 10:17.


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