Exodus 18:24: (NASB). So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did all that he had said.
How do you feel when you are working and someone gives you advice on how you could do things better? How do you feel when your husband tells you to do something differently in your cooking or cleaning house? How do you feel when someone in Sunday School gives correction to you on your lesson?
Do you take it to heart? Do you let it go in one ear and out another? Do you smile and say Thank You?
Most men know that a father does not think any man is good enough for his little girl. Fathers sometimes think the men are not treating their daughters good enough and may say something to them. Do you think the son-in-laws enjoy this correction or comments from their father-in-law?
Imagine you were MOSES. You have just led two million people out of Egypt, prayed to The Lord to provide for them in the desert with food and water, and just won a battle with the Amalekites. Your father-in-law brings your wife and sons to you. You bow down and kiss him when he approaches. All night you explain to him what has happened recently in your life while you celebrate being together. The next day he decides to watch you at work.
After a long day of work, he decides to give you correction and tell you a better way to do your job.
WHAT??? Read the last sentence again.
Now honestly think about it. If you were MOSES how you would have handled this correction? Read the verse again and see how he did react.
So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did all that he had said.
He listened and did what he said. How much more joyful could a response be for the father-in-law? His son-in-law listened and obeyed. He agreed and began putting the correction into action immediately.
There was no delay. There was no discussion. There was no arguments.
There was only JOYFUL ACTION.
I know this is a hard subject – JOYFUL CORRECTION. The Bible references correction several times and how we are to respond.
Proverbs 12: 1 (NIV). Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.
Proverbs 5:12 (NIV). You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!
It states hating correction is “stupid” and their heart “spurned” correction. Everyone knows what stupid means – ignorant and spurned means to despise. These are very harsh words. We are not to act stupid or despise the correction.
Let’s read now what accepting the correction should look like.
Proverbs 13:18 (NIV). Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.
Proverbs 15:31-32 (NIV). Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise. Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.
If you heed correction you will be honored, become among the wise, and gain understanding. These sound so much better than stupid. I would rather be wise and understand than be stupid.
Correction is a very hard thing to take with honor. Sometimes we think the correction is harsh and hurtful. I’m not saying everyone who corrects us is justified in their correction. All we are asked to do is to heed the correction and understand. The Lord will assure us if the correction is wise.
Job 36:10 (NIV). He makes them listen to correction
The Word states to listen to correction. If the correction is justified, we will know what we need to do.
Smile and be considerate and joyful in the correction. Take the correction and pray about it. Ask the Lord to show you if the correction is wise or stupid.
Will you smile and be joyful when someone offers you correction today and take it to the Lord? Or will you be stupid and let Satan rule you?
The choice is only yours.