What’s the key to continuous learning and growing in the Lord? Two things: reverence for God and self-awareness. Reverence for God is the beginning of wisdom. The sooner we believe God as our source of wisdom the faster we will grow in his grace and knowledge…
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 behavior, 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 fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Just when you think you have it all together, Solomon is there to remind you that you have more to learn. I actually didn’t think I had it all together. Solomon agrees with me.
You see, there is something for everyone in Proverbs. Watch the trailer: Wisdom, instruction, insight, prudence, righteousness and justice, discretion for the young, and guidance and learning for the wise and discerning.
Remember your sports trading cards? Got ’em, got ’em, need ’em, got ’em… Except it’s all need ’em. We need all these things. All of them. And as we mature and become wise, one of the realizations is that the wise can learn. The discerning can still receive guidance.
What’s the key to continuous learning and growing in the Lord? Two things: reverence for God and self-awareness. The fear of (reverence for) the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It all starts with recognizing that God knows everything you don’t know and all that you do know. The sooner we believe that God is our source of wisdom the faster we will grow in his grace and knowledge.
The other side of it is the lesson of the fool. The fool despises wisdom and knowledge. Why? Because he thinks he knows better. He is wise in his own eyes. I resemble that remark. I bet you do too. And that’s why we need a proverbial reset. Bring it on, Lord…