1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; 3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. 7The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
This passage at the beginning of Proverbs really breaks it down for us. Are we those who love to gain the instruction, wisdom, and understanding that the Lord wants to so freely give us or are we more like the fool, the one who despises wisdom and instruction? I think as believers we would say that we don't want to be fools. We want to be people who seek the instruction the Lord has to offer. The problem is that sometimes our actions don't line up with what we say. We learned last Wednesday that in the book of James, the main thing that James was talking about was listening and DOING. Let's not be those who say we are one thing but never back it up. Let us not be people who say with our mouths that we want to draw closer to God but in our hearts are far from Him. Let's listen to the Lord and do what He says, not because it is a requirement for salvation but because we have been saved!