Discipline and Your Destination
(Read Proverbs Chapter 12)
“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” -Proverbs 12:1
Before I made God a priority in my life. I didn’t live an obedient life, I lived my own way and on my own, I didn’t think I needed anyone or anything. I adapted to the things around me which in the end left me feeling alone. Now that God is a priority in my life, I’m still not perfect and I am still growing in the knowledge of Him. It’s a process. I wanted to change this verse to make it sound nicer because I don’t like using the word stupid, but in this case you can’t get around it. Most translations translate the Hebrew word here in this verse as stupid. It actually does apply. Webster’s definition of stupid is: given to unintelligent decisions or acts; acting in an unintelligent or careless manner; lacking reason; foolish; senseless.
Hebrews 12:11 says “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
Solomon is saying whoever loves discipline loves knowledge. If you have committed yourself to lifelong learning the you know it takes discipline to submit to the process. Greatness is not achieved in a day, but it can be achieved daily.
God has Great plans for you and He wants to operate mightily in your life, but it’s not going to happen if you don’t cooperate with Him. God can give you wisdom but you must obtain knowledge. Give yourself over to the process of reading, studying, and spending time with those that already are where you want to be. It takes discipline.
You need discipline in your life!
If you really want to grow, embrace the discipline required for your development. Let God change your heart. Pushing your own way all the time will only cause hurt to you and others. Be humble. Don’t refuse God’s help in life because of pride. Starting a discipline even a small one means you are taking action steps to big life changes. -Ecclesiastes 9:10
Are you willing to do what it takes to get to where you want to be.?
Are you still breathing..? Then God is not through with you!
He can still do all the things that you dreamed He would do through you, but you must submit yourself to the process of learning, growing, changing, and developing! Will we make mistakes..? Yes, Solomon was very wise but even he made mistakes. As we seek to walk down God’s desired path for our lives, we will inevitably get off course from time to time and we will need course corrections.
Corrections are purposeful and necessary. I don’t want to get to the end of the road or the end of life to find out I arrived at the wrong destination. None of us are perfect. Embrace correction and stop fighting against it.!
You are human which means you are imperfect. You are not always right, you don’t know it all, and you must resist the prideful impulses to believe that you do. Learn to love discipline and submit yourself to the process of lifelong learning in God.
It’s never too late to make the change that changes everything!
The law of cause and effect are in operation in your life everyday. How you go about doing the things you need to get done matters. Your words, thoughts, and actions matter to God. Seek to do things God’s way today, so that His favor can be upon your life. -Proverbs 12:2
Remember God is taking you through a process! Be eager to learn His ways and Seek to please Him instead of yourself.
Father God, I declare, by faith, that I have the discipline it takes to submit to a daily routine of personal development. I submit myself to the process of lifelong learning. I know that I am not always right, so I welcome correction. Line my words up with Your Words. I want to cause my thoughts to align with Your thoughts. I take captive every thought that is not pleasing to You. I want to be a person of action, I want there to be action behind my words and thoughts. Holy Spirit, when I am off course, I welcome your course corrections, so that I can, and will, arrive at Your desired destination for my life. I am not stupid. I have the sense to know that I don’t know it all. Teach me Father that I might become who You desire for me to be. I’m listening. In Jesus’ name. Amen!