(Proverbs 15:31 KJV) The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
The NASB calls it “life-giving” (2425b) “reproof” (8433b). The KJV says “reproof of life.” I think we tend to put this in our “life saver” cubbyhole. You have seen those round objects at pools. They usually have a sign that says, “Use only in emergency.” Or we might think of fire extinguishers that we see encased in glass that says “Break in emergency”.
We relegate statements like this to the moment of crisis.
They are intended as our regular diet. That bowl of soggy flakes you had was life giving. That sandwich for lunch was life giving. Your mashed potatoes were life giving. If we don’t get the basics we can keep going for a time but there comes a point where we begin to weaken. If we wait too long the super vitamin will not help.
So? God is constantly sending messages to us, messages of reproof and correction. If we listen on a daily basis we avoid the crisis. It isn’t as exciting but it is more healthy.