The wise accept

The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Prov 10.8 NIV

Jesus came to earth in order to do the Father’s will, Heb 10.7. He learned obedience, Heb 5.8. As the obedient Son, “he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him” Heb 5.9.

At heart, the self-named progressives rebel at obedience. They are self-willed and rebellious against the will of God. They are ruthless in removing from the faith the necessity to submit to God’s rule, all the while mouthing nonsense about love, tolerance, and acceptance.

The wise submit willingly to God’s guidance. They understand that “his commandment is eternal life” Jn 12.50. They rejoice in the fairness of the Lord’s precepts, because his commands “are pure and give insight for life” Psa 19.8. The wise find delight in God’s statues, Psa 119.16. They “take pleasure” in staying on the path of Gods commands, Psa 119.35 CSB.

The wise understand that faithfulness is commitment to God’s regulations, Psa 119.30, that keeping God’s commandments is the way to know him, 1 Jn 2.3.

Your commandments are good and wise, O Lord, bless me that I might keep them, and strengthen me that I might not reject your instruction.

J. Randal Matheny

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5 thoughts on “The wise accept

  1. In a few short months, I’ve learned that God tells us in His Word over and over how He wants us to obey Him. I don’t understand some things, and want to do something else, but I’m learning to trust Him more and more and just do what He says. Every time I do things the way I want to instead of listening to Him, I end up in a mess whether it involves worship or personal life choices. Sometimes it’s harm to obey, but if I am serious about following Jesus, I will trust Him.

    1. We often overthink because we want to include things or activities or people that don’t quite seem to fit in God’s will. Too much air in the balloon makes it pop.

  2. I was just thinking about it this morning. Jesus wants us to come to Him like a little child. In a loving parent relationship, a little child trusts his father because he loves Him, and if his father says, “Stop!”, he does. If his father says, “Stay in the yard”, he does, because the child knows that whatever his father is telling him is for his own good and that his father loves him.

  3. The context of this statement is totally different, as is the actual point being made, but it struck me that lifting it from its context and giving it another sense, it applies exactly the point of the devotional: “you look at life differently when you write the rules than when you have to submit to them.” (Original link: )

    The faithful submit to God’s rules. Rather than a have-to burden, they are the pleasure and source of life. The obedient indeed look at life and at God’s will in an entirely different way than others who chafe and rebel.

What do you think?