Coffee Break in Proverbs

Spiritual Truth
A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel. ~Proverbs 1:5

It’s time for a coffee break and study session in the book of Proverbs.

Recently, my daughter shared a story with me regarding a friendly debate with some of her classmates over a history question. History happens to be a fun subject for me and the competitive side of me was anxious to hear that my daughter won the debate!

Before the group was able to find the answer, they were interrupted by the teachers who ask them to go to thier respective classes. My daughter answered that she “would be there in a few minutes” and was confused why the teachers were not happy with her response to thier instruction.

Shouldn’t the teachers be impressed with her quest for knowledge and expertise in the subject matter? She was on the verge of winning a great debate! Wouldn’t they be proud to know she had studied well in preparation for the test?

Time for a Parent Talk

I explained that perhaps from thier point of view they were more interested in her obedience to thier request, then in proving her knowledge to her peers.

I could tell she had to process my interpretation of the situation for a few minutes before she was ready to accept a different point of view. Proverbs 1:5 tells us, “A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.” I appreciate her diligence to increase her learning and understanding of her book knowledge, and social knowledge.

The entire book of Proverbs is focused on the benefits of obtaining wisdom and knowledge. However, knowledge is nothing if one is not also willing to follow instructions as well. Proverbs 4:13 says, “Take a firm hold of instruction, do not let go; keep her, for she is your life.”

God wants to give each one of his children a sound mind and the Bible teaches us knowledge begins when we have a healthy fear of God. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).

Today, let us pray to be full of the knowledge of God and submitted to His instructions for our life.

Praying the Word

Lord God, I pray that you would place inside of me a deep desire for knowledge and wisdom. May I seek you first each day and hide your word in my heart. Please give me a sound mind and a willingness to follow instructions as Your word teaches, “Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge”

(Proverbs 23:12).

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