We often apply words without understanding the importance of their exact meaning. The word “ignorant” is a good example. To be sure, I am “ignorant” about many things. I know nothing about “quantum physics” but that does not mean I am “dumb.” I cannot fly an airplane, but that does not mean I am “stupid.” Rather, in both areas of knowledge, I am “ignorant” about quantum physics and how to fly an airplane, but not dumb or stupid.
Being ignorant differs from “ignoring” something. It means that I lack knowledge or information about a subject. It may or may not impact on my life in a harmful way. But, if I “ignore” something important or significant that can affect my well-being, that is different.
Something not to be “ignored” is discipline because it has serious consequences. “He who ignores discipline despises himself; but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.” A conscious rejection or refusal to accept discipline or the willingness to consider it as an important aspect in life is a sign of ignorance. Solomon says that a person who ignores discipline “despises himself” and is “unwilling to be corrected.” This often refers to “personal pride” or an unwillingness to see myself as I am. It is as though I say to myself, “It does not matter what the truth is about me, I refuse to admit it.”
If we look at this from another perspective, it is the same as a sinner saying to God, “I don't need You. I can make it by myself. I need nothing - including You.”
However, if we accept “God’s correction” for our lives by accepting His grace through faith in His Son, we will receive His salvation which is the beginning of a new life and insight.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for all we have because of Your love. May we gladly accept Your correction and salvation and begin a new life in and through Your Son. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 15:32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.