Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. Proverbs 12:1, 2
Loves: an appetite
Instruction: discipline, chastening, correction
Knowledge: discernment, understanding, wisdom
Hates: enemy, detest
Correction: reproof, chiding, chastisement
Stupid: brutish person, foolish, dull-hearted, unreceptive
Good: agreeable; makes the heart glad
Obtains: to secure
Favor: delight, desire, good pleasure
Wicked: lewdness, mischievous device, thought
Condemn: declare wrong, as guilty, in ethical and religious relations
This word, "appetite" is back! (See the post for Proverbs 11:23, Dec 3, 2015.)
Appetite. I really could go for a good brownie with nuts right now! That sounds so good. However, this verse isn't talking about an appetite for food. Rather, it's talking about instruction and wisdom.
An appetite for instruction, correction, discernment and understanding? Yes. An appetite, a longing, a desire for learning wisdom.
We our appetite is strong enough, we will go out of our way to get that meal or treat we are craving. Our appetite for wisdom should be that strong. We should crave wisdom and instruction. We should wake up each day with a longing to learn!
That longing to learn then will translate into our conduct — and our lives will radiate goodness. And that secures delight with God. Now, doing good and learning wisdom, DO NOT erase sin, nor is that how we get into Heaven. Doing good is not enough to forgive our sins. God is Holy and our sin must be paid for—in full. And doing good is not enough. Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins—in full. When you place your trust in Christ and accept Him as Lord an Savior, then and only then will you be able to enter Heaven. (Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 10:13)
Doing good and learning wisdom, simply is our way of honoring and respecting God. When God is recognized as LORD—than a longing to learn and live a life agreeable to His will and wisdom is the result.
Longing to learn begins when a heart is permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG).
Am I longing to learn wisdom? Is my conduct a reflection of that appetite?