Note: You can find previous lesson here.
Maybe you aren’t fully convinced that you should be seeking more wisdom or studying Proverbs. Maybe you can come up with so many reasons not to. The next verse gives another reason to do just that.
For giving prudence to the simple,
Knowledge and discretion to the young. (NIV)
Make it Personal:
Write in your journal your thoughts on this verse. How can you apply it to yourself in a daily walk?
Can you say with a straight face that the young of today (and maybe a few that are young at heart) are not in need of knowledge and discretion, that they do not need a little wisdom in their lives? They don’t have to be “bad” kids to need this. ALL children, youth, and adults need to be wise in their lives.
Let’s look at this differently. Let’s look at becoming that person the young come to for advice and guidance. Instead of focusing so heavily on the fact that the young need to change and obtain better wisdom, maybe we should be looking at becoming those role-models and wise people that they really need in their lives. In the end, they do end up seeking the correct council. Not saying that it won’t take them a while to do it, but they will find the compass inside of them to find the prudence they need.
That is why we are going through this journey — to become full of wisdom and discipline so that we can share it lovingly with those around us.
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. (NIV)
Make it Personal:
Write in your journal your thoughts on these verses. What would make it hard to implement?
Yes, those out there need to listen and be guided, but so do you (and me). Before society can change and all those that we know need help, we need to develop those same desirable qualities in ourselves.
Let’s ask this question? Do you listen? Not do you hear what people say, but do you LISTEN? There is a big difference. Listening means taking what the person is saying and thinking on it and seeing how to apply it in your situation. That is listening. Now, let’s ask that again. Do you listen? More than likely, the answer is no. That is an ability that we are seeing less and less. In fact, there are seminars and books all on this topic and fortunes are being made on the decline of listening. We need to learn to listen again. And that takes determination and a strong desire to improve.
And not only should we listen, but we should add it to our “learning”. That means taking what we have listened to and applying it. Even when it is something we don’t agree with or understand, there is always some kernel we can use. Only when we are truly absorbing what we learn and using it, can others see the wisdom in us and gravitate toward us.
Only when we have done that, can we comprehend the words of the wise. Not that the wise words are hard to understand or anything, but…. Yeah, they can be. Sometimes truth and wisdom is black and white but seems multi-colored. Take for example when you first tell a youngster that a dolphin is a porpoise but a porpoise is not a dolphin. What? That doesn’t make sense. But when it clicks! A new world of comprehension has opened up to that young mind. (If you’re still confused on the dolphin issue, we’ll talk later.) It’s so obvious, yet we’re blinded to see it.
You are on the road to wisdom when you can look at what seems old or the same-old-same-old and see another level of comprehension. We are being called to that plane.
Make it Personal
- Why did you not listen to your elders when you were younger?
- How can you, even as an adult, listen and learn?
- What areas do you not listen well?
- Are you willing to learn to keep your mouth quiet and learn from others even when you don’t agree with them?
What does wise mean in your culture? How is wisdom valued?