A wise man will listen and increase his learning, and a discerning man will obtain guidance – for understanding a proverb or a parable, the words of the wise, and their riddles. Proverbs 1:5-6 HCSB
When I was a young student, sometimes I got in trouble for talking instead of listening. Once I was sent to the principal’s office for not raising my hand and talking without permission. The teacher was teaching me the importance of listening and waiting until I was called upon to talk. I once heard someone say, “When I am talking, I am not learning.” It is important to listen if we are going to learn and gain wisdom.
Solomon said that a wise man will increase his learning by listening. The man who listens and discerns what is right will gain guidance and direction. Wisdom is the knowledge and ability to make right choices. The Explore the Bible Quicksource teaching resource says, “Wisdom involves choosing to live by God’s commands; knowing and applying God’s truth; practicing discipline; living with integrity;accepting instruction; listening well; and being a lifelong learner.”
Challenge: Be a wise person and listen well. Listen to the wisdom you can find in God’s Word. Wisdom is a worthy goal. It will help you to make right choices that will give you a life that honors the Word of God.