30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.
31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction
will be at home among the wise.
32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,
but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.
33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,
and humility comes before honor.
There is joy and health for the one who brings good news, and also for the one who receives it. it is through the act of expression that joy is made complete – for giver and receiver alike – good news is not a thing to be kept to oneself. “It is frustrating to have discovered a new author and not to be able to tell anyone how good he is; to come suddenly, at the turn of the road, upon some mountain valley of unexpected grandeur and then to have to keep silent because the people with you care for it no more than for a tin can in the ditch; to hear a good joke and find no one to share it with.” In a world preoccupied with bad news, we must not forget the importance of rejoicing in, and sharing, the good.
“Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise. Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.” Humility is a mark of wisdom, and in this case it is shown as the ability to heed correction. There is always something to be learned from criticism, uncomfortable as it may be, it is an opportunity to improve oneself. This opportunity is wasted on the prideful, as is the necessity of discipline, pride is the barrier to all kinds of growth. Embrace the truth, no matter the form it takes, as this is the key to gaining understanding.
“Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.” Wisdom seeks to gain understanding, but sometimes understanding only comes on the other side of obedience. It is in this way that humility leads to honor. The humble person knows there may be a good reason to obey even when he doesn’t see it, he is not bound by the limits of his own understanding. This is especially true when it comes to the Lord’s commands, we must overcome our stubborn pride with the reverence the Lord deserves of us.