Here is the Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom: Listen to Advice

Solomon had much to say about wisdom. Here is one of his recommendations from the book of Proverbs. Think about his advice.

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:20-21

Why His Advice Matters

Proverbs 19:20-21 Listen Accept Gain Wisdom Think about the Future

Our choices for learning are quite diverse. Some like to try different things until they find something that works. Others read the instruction manual before they use something for the first time. Others go to YouTube to find a “How To” demonstration. Some like to ask their friends, who may or may not be the best source of information. Others go to an expert to get ideas and recommendations. Solomon was the expert. So what was Solomon’s advice?

The expert’s advice was to listen to advice. That means you should ask for advice. One source of good advice is to be part of a good local church where God’s Word is taught and proclaimed from the pulpit. You will also hear and sing good advice when you sing hymns together.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:18-21

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” Proverbs 12:15

“By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.” Proverbs 13:10

Solomon’s Credentials Are Solid

Please note that if the Bible is God’s Word, then here is God’s appraisal of Solomon’s wisdom: “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all other men, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol, and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.” 1 Kings 4:29-34

All scripture passages are from the English Standard Version except as otherwise noted.