Bible Study

Avoiding the Scoffer in Ourselves

For many years before I got married I worked as a Respiratory Therapist. One of the areas I worked in for a time was the E.R. It was terribly stressful for me. I didn’t handle the unpredictable nature of the emergency room. In the ER you never know what is about to role in the door and it felt like just as soon as I was getting my breath from the last trauma I was getting called for something else that was even worse. Eventually I found my favorite spot to work was in the ICU that specialized in caring for patients following open heart surgery. It was predictable, scheduled (for the most part) and orderly. It worked well for me. I really like this ICU area because it involved less unknowns, and there were more things that were controlled.

So now I’m a mom of 5 children. Now isn’t that ironic, because anyone who is a parent knows that all children are different and the more you have the crazier your house becomes. Each one of my children are very different. Another bit of irony is the man I married. My husband is the most spontaneous person I think I have really known well. I once referred to him as chaos incarnate! God brought the two of us together and our differences balance us out pretty well oddly enough. God never told us that our lives would be comfortable, predictable, orderly or clean! – I wish my life was though.

 

In fact God usually asks us to step out of our comfort zone and do something we aren’t so sure we want to do. I recently wrote a review about a book, Jesus Swagger by Jarrid Wilson, in that book the author reminds us:

all the selfish desires that you and I have should now be thrown out the window, and all focus trained on Jesus” (pg. 88 Jesus Swagger – Jarrid Wilson)

Did you really read that? If not then go back and read it again, let it really sink in. I don’t know about you, but my life is filled with selfishness. One day this week could easily be used as an example to condemn me for pure solid selfishness. Yes! Really it was That Bad.

But if we are going to be followers of Jesus Christ then we need to look different. I can’t allow my selfish nature to rule me as much as I may want to let it run wild, and scream and cry for that box of doughnuts!

Walking with Jesus involves all aspects of our daily life. Sometimes those people that we do life with, can see things in our life like that selfishness, and other areas of sin that need to be dealt with. Often we have many areas in our life that we allow to go untended. We have these places in our lives that we allow the weeds to grow and flourish. We really don’t want anyone to call us out on those things. We really don’t like it when someone comes to us and tells us that there is a sin in our life that we need to dig out and confess to God. We get angry and lash out. We want to protect that sin, so we use sarcasm and anger to respond when people say things that we don’t want to hear. Do you know what the Bible says about such people? Proverbs says they are a mocker and refuse to seek wisdom. Ouch!

In proverbs chapter 9 we read:

Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury, Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instructions to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. Proverbs 9:7-9 ESV

I have been that scoffer, I have been that mocker. I remember when I first got married my husband began to mention things to me that he saw as sins in my life that shouldn’t be there. I didn’t handle that well at ALL. But I was very quick to point out HIS sins and HIS problems. I must confess it was not easy for me to face my sins and to face my deep seated pride that at times rules my life and heart. It that that if we are willing to admit it we are all guilty of this behavior. Who really likes to be told they are sinning? I know I sure don’t.

The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom, Let's seek the Lord with all our heart to Gain Wisdom.

So far we are just 2 weeks into our study in Proverbs and I am really finding myself convicted by the chapters we have studied. The call to be seeking after God in our pursuit of wisdom has been ringing in my ears all week. It seems that so much of my Christian life has been partially seeking after God, partially seeking after wisdom. I want to be fully engaged, not just partially. This means putting aside my selfishness. It means confessing my sins, and it means listening to correction from those people who do life with me. What about you? What are you learning in our study of Proverbs?


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