12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
There is something that needs to be understood about a scorner. A scorner is one who scorns things, meaning they do not like someone or something or find something unnecessary, perhaps even evil in their sight.
It is fair to say that God scorns evil. However, God does not qualify as a scorner.
You see, a scorner is one who is rarely happy. They usually complain. It might be fair to say that a scorner usually is only happy when they are complaining about something.
Scorners also tend to be those people who demand their own way. (Perhaps you remember my discussing working in customer service on Proverbs 8:20-21, 10:17, and 14:17?)
This, then, means that scorners often need to have an attitude adjustment. In other words, they need correction on their behavior. But how does a scorner respond?
I’m with stupid
The scorner looks at a person who offers a more proper way to interact with others and thinks how stupid that person is. Think about it: when a scorner throws a big enough fit, they tend to get what they want. They have learned the ways of this world, so how dare anyone tell them how to live!
The scorner even learns, eventually, that anyone who “knows better” is simply out to ruin their life. (See? Complaining.) If this is the case, they would never seek out a person who tries to show them the right way to live.
It should mean that they avoid Christians.
If you call yourself a Christian yet often find yourself agreeing with those who complain the most, are you truly living correctly yourself?
The wise person knows that complaining and scorning others is not God’s will.
If we are quick to dismiss someone else’s correction, it means we think we are smarter than them.
If we are quick to demand our own way, it means we think we are better than others.
If we only ever seek to be friends with those who complain or dismiss others, it means we are not with the wise.
Pride causes us to dismiss other people and their advice. Pride tells us to surround ourselves with like-minded people who will always agree with us.
Pride leads us to scorn others.
Pride leads us to scorn God.
The wise Christian will heed the advice of others. The wise Christian will seek out wise counsel.
The wise Christian will know this is the will of God.
Heavenly Father, guide us in all wisdom, and help us to accept Your correction however and through whomever it comes. Do not let us live in our own pride; instead may we seek You!