18 Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is honored. . .
20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm
God designed us to need others.We cannot be complete people without the help of others making us complete. Did you catch that? Being a ‘whole’ person does not occur in isolation. We need others.
Whoever heeds reproof is honored. You cannot heed reproof without someone ‘reproofing’ you. In fact, you cannot live an honorable life without being reproved.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise. You cannot walk with the wise unless there are wise people around you. In fact, you cannot become wise without walking with wise people.
Wisdom says that living an honorable and wise life requires others. It doesn’t just ‘happen.’ One doesn’t become complete without others.
SO. . . . .
Who in your life have you designated as your ‘reproofer’? Who have you given permission to speak ‘gut-level-honest’ truth to you? It’s interesting, isn’t it? How humility leads to honor.
Who in your life is making you biblically wise? Who are you watching that makes you better? Who are you talking to and asking questions to grow in wisdom? What books are you reading? articles? blog posts? Saturating yourself with wise people makes you wise.
Want poverty, disgrace, and harm? Me neither. Intentionally and carefully answer the above questions with real names and real people. Wisdom demands it.