Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
- v5 There is a great virtue known as teach ability. The wise person will be ever hearing about learning and increasing their learning,
- v6 There is something to be admired and desired in being a person of understanding. And the person of understanding will live a life of discipline that continually acquires wise counsel and the skill to steer his course wisely and lead others to the truth,
- v7 Those who reverently fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] are those who acknowledge that He is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence];
But the arrogant fools despise skillful and godly wisdom and instruction and self-discipline.
Though there are those personalities who naturally and by their own personalities tend to be learners, tend to be teachable, tend to be seekers of knowledge. There is however designed into every human a desire for the knowledge of truth, of divine wisdom, for these are part of our inherent design and desire to know God Himself. It is part of the DNA of our relationship with Him, designed by Him, waiting to be discovered by us. We spend most of our life in Western thought striving to gain knowledge. And knowledge and wisdom are closely tied together. But they are not identical. Knowledge tends to focus on the clear and correct understanding of the world around oneself and us as creatures (or for Christians, children) of a magnificent and loving God. Wisdom, plain and simple, is the acquired skill of applying that skill rightly, or in classic Christian teaching, skill in the art of godly living.
Consider in your prayer and devotional life in the coming weeks of Lent, these questions.
- Are you known (by others) as being teachable in life?
- As you receive these devotions on Proverbs, keep a list of your life concerns, questions, issues which various Proverbs and or devotion writing bring to mind
- Make note of how scripture (and certainly in Proverbs) contrasts between two ways of living. Wisdom and folly, good and evil, righteousness and destruction. Consider in this how God gives us the choices everyday.
Heavenly Father, in you we and move and have our being. You invite us into a precious invitation, into a divine call, a direct call, a distinct call, a demanding call, a decisive call to seek your wisdom. Give us the faith and discipline to not turn away from this call. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, that the counselor and guide will lead us to all truth, to your truth, to your heart. We ask this in the name of the one who paid the ultimate price on a cross so that we might even be so bold to ask this or any petition, even Jesus our Lord.
- Bishop Clark Lowenfield