Know-it-alls…we all know them, and we all know how they make us feel: insecure, distant, frustrated, annoyed.
I (Ross) confess that I can be a know-it-all. So I was cut to the heart when I read in Proverbs 12:15, “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to advice.”
In fact, a core theme in Proverbs is the value of wisdom and instruction and our need to seek it. Over and again, the writers of Proverbs tell us to value advice and correction, to Get wisdom! (4:7). And I mean over and again. These are the references at least to that theme: 1:20-25; 2:1-5 (and rest of chapter); 3:1-2, 7, 13-24; 4:1-13, 20-23 (especially 7!); 5:1-2; 6:20-22; 7:1-4; 8:1-11 (especially 10-11); 9:1-6, 8-9, 13-16; 10:17; 11:14; 13:1, 10, 24; 14:1; 15:5, 10, 14, 22, 24, 31-33; 16:16, 22;18:15; 19:2, 16, 18, 20, 27; 20:5; 21:16, 22:17-19; 23:12; 24:3-6; 25:12; 26:12; 27:5-6; 28:4-5, 7, 9; 29:1, 3, 15, 17; 30:32.
In the end, these Proverbs warn us against thinking we have arrived; against filling our hearts and lives with silver and gold and missing out on real silver and gold; against complacency and laziness when it comes to growing.
Proverbs tells us that we are created by God to grow in wisdom and understanding. They tell us that God wants to pour wisdom and understanding into people…who believe they need it…who value it…who pray about it…who ask for it. They tell us to appreciate friends and family who counsel us and keep us honest.
They tell us we we were created as trees with deepening roots and leaves growing toward the sun. So get wisdom!
Listen for more in the message from Sunday, July 31, 2016:
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