We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Kingly Preparation, Part 2

Yesterday we talked about how David’s childhood obedience and submission prepared him to become king. While David was submitting to his father’s decision to do the “dirty work” of the family, God was preparing a boy to be a king!

Solomon sheds further light on this subject in chapter Proverbs 4 saying, “Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths…Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.”

The idea of taking fast hold of “instruction” refers to one who is willing to “obstinately & courageously seize” and submit to correction, warnings, reproof, or rebuke. In other words, he’s obstinate and determined to submit to the reproofs and rebukes of the authorities in his life. He realizes that God has placed others in his life to teach him and he seizes each correction as preparation for his future.

The greatest men and women I know today all have one thing in common-they are willing to acknowledge mistakes, while humbly and quickly, accepting correction. It is time our children learn that being obstinate can be a good thing as long as it’s being obstinate to “take fast hold of instruction.”

If you would like to read a powerful story that dramatically teaches this principle, I encourage you to read as a family or individually, Hand on the Bridle. I only wish I had read this book when I was in Jr. and Sr. High; it would have saved me years of wasted time and prepared me sooner to do what God had designed for me to do.

Published in: on October 23, 2010 at 10:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

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