Do you realize you don’t know it all? Do you realize that there are still things you can learn? Do you realize where you can turn to learn? Do you realize who is available to teach you? Do you realize there is someone who can speak wisdom, truth, hope, love, and life into your life? Are you available to receive it?
So are you ready? Are you available? Are you?
Today’s reading comes from Proverbs 4 again but this time verse 7.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.
–from Proverbs 4
We shouldn’t avoid gaining wisdom. We should be looking to get wisdom. And through that teaching, learn how to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of the person or thing. It’s more than just head knowledge, we need to understand it, we need to comprehend it, we need to appreciate it, we need to gain awareness of it.
Just reading it, isn’t, we need to apply it. So when you get wisdom, now what will you do with it? How will you put it into application? How will you make it a part of your life?
Do you know where to get wisdom? Turn to God and ask!
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
–from James 1:5
Ask believing in Him! Ask trusting in Him! Ask without doubt and without fear! Don’t set yourself up to be tossed around by the waves of life, allow your focus, your hope, and your trust to be in and come from the Lord!
Think you have it all under control? Think you have it all figured out? And now where are you heading? What direction are you walking? I suspect you know, it is away from God! It’s similar to the story of the prodigal son. Will you learn through experiencing it or will you learn through someone else’s experiences? Do you need to feel it to believe it? Do you need to see it to be believe it? Or can you have faith to believe without seeing?
Consider this lesson…
And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”
–from Luke 15
Where are you at? Are you in a spot where you are open to learn? Are you in a spot to be able to listen to wisdom and then get insight out of it? Are you mentally ready to receive it? Are you emotionally ready to receive it? Are you spiritually ready to receive it?
Wisdom is available! Are you willing to humble yourself and ask for some?
Are you humble enough to be teachable? If not, what’s holding you back? What will it take to breakthrough?
Today’s devotional (Forward – Day 5 of 7) is on this subject and it’s lesson goes like this:
“How to Grow in Teachability”
From the time the people of God left Egypt, God has sent many prophets to call them back to God. The people of God have repeatedly failed to be learners—the result was that they went backward, not forward.
Being unteachable never leads you toward God, but away from God. It never results in upward spiritual movement, but in spiritual decline. When God corrects us, He is calling us back to Himself. When we reject His correction, we move away from Him dangerously. When we choose not to learn personally, we forfeit the privilege to lead others.
There are four characteristics of a leader who is growing in their teachability.
Ongoing Humility: Many times, our own mistakes move us to great humility. The world calls it weakness, but God calls it strength.
Learning to Learn: Growing in teachability involves us learning to learn from God and others. The result is that we will become wiser the longer we live.
Gaining Wisdom: We discover wisdom from God’s Word as we read it, meditate upon it, and practice what it says. When we do this, our future is limitless and our hope abounds.
Growing Daily: Remember that God uses His people, at time, to speak to us. People can help shape the vision that God places within our heart.
Today, ask the Lord to counsel and instruct you. “Lord, through your Holy Spirit please counsels me, grow me, develop me, and develop within me a growing teachability. Lord, use me for your glory, and use those around me to teach me.”2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers
–from Forward – Day 5 of 7