To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction. (Proverbs 12:1 NLT)
If you don’t want to learn, years of schooling will teach you very little. But if you want to be taught, there is no end to what you can learn. This includes being willing to accept discipline and correction and to learn from the wisdom of others. A person who refuses constructive criticism has a problem with pride. Such a person is unlikely to learn very much.
A person who loves instruction grows into a very intelligent being. I believe part of the instruction meant here is instruction in right living. We are eager to learn God’s ways, and we quickly see sins in our life and repent. The greatest knowledge that we can have is to know God and his Word. (Tyndal Study Bible)
“Brutish” or “Stupid” means acting like a beast that does not accumulate knowledge. If we are not eager to learn of God, we are like a beast without a conscience or to put it another way, he is as stupid as the brute cattle.
In my work environment, I meet many new people. I am amazed by the diversity of individuals. Because of the area, we do business in there seems to be many educated people around. What also stands out to me most of them seem very humble. We learnt yesterday that being humble leads to many rewards. To learn you have to humble yourself. Humble in that you don’t know everything.
Just like the commentator says if you don’t want to learn you will not be taught. My personal outlook is this. The day you don’t learn something new is the day you move backwards.
The book of Proverbs describes life the way it should be. I think Solomon and his co-writers did a great job. I believe we should be teaching our children the wisdom of the Bible. There are no more excellent handbook and training manual.The second paragraph of commentary talks about loving instruction and right living. These are wise words read them again and ponder on it.
Don’t be brutish or stupid. That will lead to nothing.
“Lord I pray for learning, discipline and right living. Help me with this. I thank you for all the wisdom in the Bible. In Jesus name.Amen.”