Don’t Be Unteachable

Proverbs 26:12 says, “Like a dog that returns to his vomit, so is a fool who repeats his foolishness. Do you see a man [who is unteachable and] wise in his own eyes and full of self-conceit? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (AMP)

It is very uncomfortable calling anyone a fool…but the scripture noted that a fool is someone who repeats his mistakes, is unteachable, wise in his own eyes, and full of conceit. He or she habitually makes decisions without carefully processing the consequences. They are stubborn and lacks good judgement. A fool spends most of their time on silly and petty stuff.

Have you ever observe someone who is easily influenced by bad company? Their attitude changes, their values change, their behavior changes, and they distance themselves from their families.

They are oblivious to the fact that every inner circle of ‘friends’ have more circles within that circle…so it’s a fast decline from there as the inner, inner circle reluctantly allow others to join them.

Watching someone who doesn’t have boundaries is like watching a very sad movie. It’s painful to watch but it’s not a movie…it’s real life. There are lots of nail biting and shutting of the eyes moments as it plays out.

Most people don’t survive when they are unteachable and wise in their own eyes. “There is more hope for a fool than for him.” It’s like watching a kid hanging off the roof of a moving car that is going at high speed on a busy highway. It’s just a matter of time before tragedy takes place.

Is it time to stop the charade?

Romans 7:15-20 sums it up nicely for us:

“What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.

So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.
But I need something more!
For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help!

I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it.

I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway.

My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up.
I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.

I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?
Isn’t that the real question?
The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.”

In closing, foolishness is using the good YOU as a cover up to do something that would finally destroy YOU…then repeating it until recovery is almost impossible.

To your own self be true. You are strong enough to handle the truth.

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