A Word to the Wise Is Sufficient
Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain,
Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.
– Proverbs 27:22
Some people are unwilling to learn righteousness even when the consequences of their actions scream out lessons to learned. Since you want to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, you are not one of those people.
Note the distinction between those willing to listen to the wisdom of experience and those who are not willing.
At night my soul longs for You,
Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently;
For when the earth experiences Your judgments
The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
Though the wicked is shown favor,
He does not learn righteousness;
He deals unjustly in the land of uprightness,
And does not perceive the majesty of the Lord.
– Isaiah 26:9-10
Though God gives insight to everyone through the experiences of life, the wicked are not willing to learn from the consequences of their own folly. Let us not be like them; let us learn from the consequences of our folly.
Wiser still are we when just a word from the Lord is sufficient. Therefore…
…”Whatever He says to you, do it.”
– John 2:5
What Moses said to the people of God applies even more to disciples of Jesus Christ:
“See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people’.”
– Deuteronomy 4:5-6
Our growth as disciples brings glory to our Teacher – and all the more so if we learn from His word rather than merely from the hard knocks of life.
Yes, we can learn from the hard knocks of life – but thanks be to God that there’s a source of learning that can prevent some of the hard knocks of life. A word to the wise is sufficient.