Proverbs 29:1 Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.
Proverbs 29:5 To flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet.
Proverbs 29:18 When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.
Today’s Proverbs all deal with correction in some way shape or form. The bible has a lot to say about how we should look at ourselves, judge ourselves, and be honest to ourselves. We as a body of believers need to have a shift in how we see correction, relationships, and obediance. The world has eroded our beliefs in this area and replaced them with decpetion. Let’s compare and contrast these verses and the worldview that people tend to operate out of.
Proverbs 29:1 is a warning for those who can’t seem to handle criticism. Don’t be fooled, we don’t just refuse to accept it from other people, we also often refuse to accept criticism from God and His word. Today people the statement “Don’t judge me” is used whenever we feel criticized. The world teaches that there is no absolute truth, so there can be no deserved criticism. We don’t like to be told we are wrong, but there is a penalty for that: sudden destruction. Which sounds better to you?
Proverbs 29:5 is a warning against flatery. Face it, many times flatery is just a nice way to say lie. Now, the bible is not saying be mean and mocking to your friends (it actually says the contrary several times). However it is pointing out that being dishonest to them isn’t being a “good friend” as the current worldview seems to be. All of your “good friend” behavior is really just being an accessory to their future downfall. Many times Christians keep the truth of God from their friends so they won’t scare them away. In reality they are helping the enemy lay a trap for their loved ones.
Provebs 29:18 is a great cause and effect scripture. First let’s look at how the mainstream teaches today. Often we are told that “you” are divine and guidance comes from within yourself. Looking at humanity today, it is surprising how any of us could still think we are divine (Unless they have changed the meaning of that word). Even the church portrays God as pretty disinterested and obeying the law as outdated. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. God disciplines us to help, not hurt. You tell your kids to eat or go to bed, not because you are cruel and trying to take away their freedom of choice, you do this because you know what is best for them and they do not. Running wild may sound fun, and you may get away with it for awhile. That doesn’t compare to the joy you recieve when listening to the Lord and following His plan for your life.