God gives us so many incredible opportunities to repent when we have messed up, but some of us are so “stiff-necked,” that we choose not to take the out He is giving us. We think that our wisdom is superior to His so we continue in our ways and experience more pain and heartache than we imagined possible. God is not going to honor foolishness, especially in a man or woman who knows the truth and chooses not to live by it. This person never enjoys revelation or a vision from God, because he/she is too caught up in personal plans and priorities. Sadly, that means that much of what God wants to do dies in our foolishness. We never see Him truly work in our lives, because we are so consumed with our own plans and future endeavors. Solomon reminds us that much of this ideology is set in childhood. He challenges us to discipline our children while they are still young so that they have an opportunity to walk in obedience as they grow older. While the young may not have great wisdom, they can have the training needed to eventually walk in that wisdom. This rests upon the parents of our current generation. Other generations are going to be what we taught them to be, but we can change the course of our current culture with one generation taught to obey and given the spiritual tools to walk closely with God. He concludes this proverb with an incredible reminder. The righteous hate the sin of their culture, but the wicked hate the righteous people in the culture. Do you despise people or the acts that people perform? This proverb actually describes our culture perfectly. Which side of that fence are you on?

Help me, Lord, to listen to the rebukes You send my way and turn from my wickedness. Help me to hate sin but love those who are consumed with it just as You loved me and died on that cross before I ever even heard Your name.