Happy Tuesday! It’s another hot day over here. As much as I love summer, I’m almost looking forward to fall being here already. Is that strange? It’s been so dry here that some of the leaves are already changing colors. Now that is strange. Fall is definitely my favorite season though, so I guess it’s okay that I’m looking forward to it.
I’m still in Proverbs, and let me tell you—it is so intriguing. My devotion time is taking longer and longer each day as I try and decipher what each proverb actually means. I’ve been doing a lot of highlighting and underlining in the good old study Bible, so I guess that’s a good thingJ
One verse that stuck out to me today was from Proverbs 14…
“The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easy to the discerning.”
At first I kind of skimmed over this proverb. It made sense in my mind, but I felt I was somewhat missing the point. In the footnotes (of course) I noticed that the word “mocker” referred to someone who scoffs at any and all advice and instruction given to them. Intrigued, I read on a bit. If you are someone with a “mocker” mentality when it comes to seeking wisdom, you won’t find it because you aren’t taking it seriously. You don’t really care that much about the outcome, because your mentality is stuck and you aren’t willing to change. People who aren’t willing to change are not going to receive advice well, let alone wisdom, and will remain stuck in their ways, wondering why they are going nowhere.
It’s all about attitude. If you are someone with an open mind to advice and instruction, wisdom will come easily. You’ll gladly come to the Lord in prayer and seek counsel with those wiser and older than you when faced with a decision or choice. What’s more, you won’t just listen to their advice—you’ll actually take it.
“Knowledge comes to easy to the discerning.” If the wisdom you need does not come easily to you, perhaps your attitude is the barrier. Check yourself. Maybe the wisdom you need has already been given; you just weren’t listening well enough. Are you someone who responds well to the wisdom and advice of God and others? Or is it hard for you to accept constructive criticism?
For me it’s a little bit of both. The older I get, the easier it is for me to accept advice (I guess I don’t actually know everything like I thought I did as a teenagerJ). It’s important to keep an open mind when it comes to receiving advice and instruction. Now I’m not saying that all advice you receive will be Godly and true—that’s where the discernment comes in. Always pray about the advice you receive. But, keeping your attitude in check and allowing yourself to have an open mind can do wonders in receiving good quality wisdom from those who are much wiser than you or I.
Hope you are having a great week so far, and God bless J