Give up self-determination and learn hunger for truth.
Proverbs says that “without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” How many times in your life have you come to the realization that if you had asked more questions, been less opinionated, or defensive you could have avoided some serious pitfalls in life?
It seems to be a common human tendency to think that we have all the answers. That no one else can teach us. That a particular political party or school experience or family prejudice is all there is.
The result of this kind of thinking is that we insulate ourselves from people who could help us gain wisdom. This insulation can be eliminated by just saying, “Take me on your trip.” In other words, share with me what you know and how you arrived at that.
Would you say that your style of learning is more open and curious or more guarded and closed?
“But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15.
“…King Rehoboam discussed the matter with the older men who had counseled his father, Solomon. ‘What is your advice?’ he asked. ‘How should I answer these people?’ …. But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers.” 1 Kings 12:6,8.
“Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.” Proverbs 10:14.
“Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.” Proverbs 18:4.
Question: Where do you tend to place your trust in terms of what you believe and follow?
Activity: Who can enlarge your wisdom and understanding? What prevents you from their counsel? Make a plan for learning from them.
Prayer: Wise God, we know that you are the Source of all Wisdom and knowledge. People who know and love you become conduits of your insight into living this life. I pray that I will always be conscious of this Source. I pray that I will not become overly confident in my own wisdom so that I will not listen to others or to You. In Jesus’ name I pray this. Amen.