Proverbs 13:13 says, “He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded.”
I heard a story about a man who was about to send his son off into the world to study at a university. The man knew that the secular educators of the day would soon attack the fundamental Christian beliefs that he had tried to teach his son. He knew that one of the first things professors might attack would be the miracles of the Bible. Believing that the Biblical account of Jonah would be first attacked, he forewarned his son, “Don’t let them take Jonah out of your Bible.” With that caution, he sent his son to the university. Upon completion of his degree and further post-graduate study, the son returned home for a brief visit. Thinking about his prior admonitions the father asked, “Son, Is Jonah still in your Bible?” Mockingly, the son answered no and added that it was not in his father’s Bible either. The father, anxious to prove his son wrong, turned the pages and to his horror discovered that someone had cut the pages of Jonah clean out of his Bible. The son confessed that eight years ago, before leaving for college, he had been the one who had put the scissors to his father’s Bible. The son asked his father, “What’s the difference in liberal education taking Jonah out of my Bible and neglect taking Jonah away from you?”
The New American Standard Bible translates verse 13, “The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, but the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.” This verse gives us a principle about the Word of God. We will be in debt to the Word if we despise the instruction of the Bible. Then, this verse gives us the product of fearing the Word. We will be rewarded.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.