13 “I would not obey my teachers
or turn my ear to my instructors.
14 And I was soon in serious trouble
in the assembly of God’s people.”
The path of growth is not easy, as any good teacher will admit, but it is worth the effort. A good teacher does not establish rules for her own sake but for her students, that she may bring out the best in them. The same goes for a good instructor, for their sake he does not tell his listeners what they want to hear but rather what they need to hear. It is not easy to obey the teacher and listen to the instructor, but it is for your own good that you ought to do so.
“And I was soon in serious trouble in the assembly of God’s people.” The path of disobedience and heedlessness avoids difficulty in the moment, only to ensure trouble in the future. There are two ways to learn this, either by experience or by example. And there are plenty of examples to consider, that we may avoid the regret of our own bad decisions.