Welcome to the proverbs. I’m getting excited to be in this book, because I desperately want to posses wisdom and wear sound instruction like jewelry (1:9).
As I made my way into this familiar introduction, this phrase leaped off the page:
“Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (1:7b)
I was, yet again, reminded by the foundational need for humility on the path toward wisdom. It’s only been in recent years when I’ve allowed myself a measure of comfortability in being wrong. Maintaining a posture of learning is a key life skill.
Sometimes it can be exhausting. As I continue the steep upward climb of language learning and exploration of this new cultural, historical context, I’d like to find something to fancy myself an expert on. But alas, the more you know, the more you realize you don’t know (a bonus non-Biblical proverb).
When it comes to content on social media, it can be easy to roll my eyes at other people and write them off as uneducated. But all of us doing this hasn’t resulted in a ton of productivity. We all need to take a posture of learners, researchers, listeners and remember(-ers?) of the good things our parents taught us when we were little about kindness and compassion. (Hopefully enough of us were taught that).
Join me as we spend the next few weeks in this rich book. Let’s be ready to be wrong, to be challenged, and to grow. Not just surrounding ourselves with what we already know or want to hear. Only a fool stays where they are.