Are you humble enough to acknowledge your ignorance? Are you willing to listen to someone else?
If so, then the book of Proverbs might be for you. If not, then see you later and good luck.
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behaviour, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young – let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance – for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
The book of Proverbs comes in the middle of the Bible and is all about wisdom. It contains many pithy sayings and generalities about how life works. It is observed truth of the world in the light of the God who made it.
Time after time, I hope you’ll say ‘Oh yes, that’s so true.’ At other times you might be brought up short by something surprising or uncomfortable. It may be days of chewing on something before it makes sense or there may be something to store up for the days ahead.
Often witty and at times challenging, these are ‘words to the wise’. So, pray for an open heart to learn from these ancient words inspired by the eternal Spirit of God. Let the wise listen and add to their learning.
Putting it into practice:
- Consider your own behaviour and ask yourself: how often do I really listen to others, or am I just waiting for my turn to speak?
- When you next face a difficulty or new experience, why not take the time to seek advice before charging right in?