Big Hill Bible Studies
06 July 2018
It is my prayer that you are continuing to study these chapters daily. Are you beginning to see things you had never noticed before? Are you beginning to look forward to the time you spend in this wisdom literature? Hopefully you are learning a new perspective to these writings and seeing the practical application to your daily lives.
Go with me to verse 27, "Cease listening, my son, to discipline, and you will stray from the words of knowledge." What do you observe concerning these words in today's culture? As we see those who walk away from Biblical instruction we begin to see a selfish, short-sighted foolishness in their thinking and living. Consider the weakening of a the Biblical worldview in major issues across this country. As a specific example, consider the resulting culture we have today due to the taking away of prayer and Biblical study from the foundational education of our youth in the 1960's. This loosening of moral discipline has given birth to generations with no moral compass. There seems to be a growing number of aimless and short-sighted people in the world who seem to live only for themselves and the present. As Paul writes in Philippians 3:18-19, "For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things."
Let me challenge you to think about this - can there be real knowledge without discipline? Here is my premise - how many times has your lack of discipline caused you to do foolish, unwise things? Now consider this - how wise have you become due to discipline - discipline to develop character, integrity, and a faith in God. Do we see a difference in our lives, when we choose to commit to the Word and accept our role as described in Scripture? Is there a difference in our lives when we discipline ourselves to overcome temptations, to persevere under trials, and to "take up our cross daily" and "throw away all that encumbers" in order to be more mature and closer in our relationship to the Lord?
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