25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
I have worked with many people in my relatively short thirty years on this earth.
Some of these people did the bare minimum of the required work to get by while complaining about the work, the environment, or other employees and/or supervisors.
When another employee, one who does the bare minimum and complains about everything, gets reprimanded or fired, they get quiet for a few days or weeks. They might even learn how to cover their tracks a little better or when to complain.
The consider themselves smart for avoiding trouble. The know where the line of disobedience is, and they toe it carefully to avoid crossing it.
I and others preferred to go the other route. We have tried to do the best work we can with as little complaining as possible. If we did our job in such a way that required reprimanding (a talking-to, a write-up, a pay cut, etcetera), we would attempt to be better and do better.
We were given more knowledge to help us understand our job better and be better at it.
Walking It Out
When Jesus died on the cross, there were two men on either side of him. Both were guilty and deserving of punishment. One looked to Jesus and, while dying for his crime, mocked Jesus. The other criminal talked with Jesus and gained the knowledge that He is the Son of God.
Jesus’ death and resurrection was God telling us we cannot live up to His standards, and we need His help.
Most of us take that warning as simply a call to live a better and more moral life, or we simply just mock Him and call His standard backward, archaic, or illogical.
Some of us look to the cross and gain the knowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our only way to measure up before God.
Gracious God, give us the wisdom to accept correction, the strength to change, and the power to grow. Draw us closer to You that as our knowledge and understanding grow, we may help lead others to the saving knowledge of Your Son.