4 These proverbs will give you great skill to teach the immature and make them wise, to give youth the understanding of their design and destiny. 5 For the wise, these proverbs will make you even wiser, and for those with discernment, you will be able to acquire brilliant strategies for leadership.
Proverbs 1:4-5 Passion Translation
If you want to grow and mature in your Christian walk, cultivate a teachable spirit and be open to receive instruction and correction from others. This takes humility and courage—for it involves you being open to hear things you don’t want to hear, but need to hear. But if you are willing to hear and change your ways, you are paving your path to success and significance.
Some people are unteachable. It comes from their inability to be open-minded and an unwillingness for their ideas and thoughts to be challenged. They lack the curiosity to expand their knowledge and learn to see things differently and appreciate life in a different light.
A teachable spirit determines a person’s future and influence.
Without a teachable spirit, you can have charisma but no character; or be gifted but not gracious or be smart but not humble. But the person who is teachable and ready to learn will accomplish much in life.
It is because Solomon possesses a teachable spirit, he was given incredible intelligence and surpassing wisdom by God. The Bible tells us that there was nothing beyond him, nothing he couldn’t handle. Solomon’s wisdom exceeds the wisdom of the wisest men across the land. He was an expert of many disciplines, from botany to zoology and from music to poetry. He created three thousand proverbs and composed a thousand songs.
Sometimes we think we can only learn from the learned and the clever. But if we really open our eyes to the many things around us, we may even gain greater insights and deep understanding. In his book of Proverbs, Solomon tells us if we are truly teachable and keen learners, we can learn from small things like ants, badgers, locusts and lizards (Proverbs 30:24-33).
If you desire to be wise, ask God for wisdom and understanding and He will give you what you ask for—generously and ungrudgingly (James 1:5)
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? What is it saying about God and me and helping me in my Christian walk?
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