The wisdom of humility

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The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom and whatever you get, get insight. (Proverbs 4:7)

Wisdom starts with a conviction that you need it.  Foolishness is to think the opposite, to think your knowledge or perspective is enough.  Wisdom therefore requires not just knowledge applied correctly but a heart orientated correctly, for wisdom requires humility.

The context of this particular proverb is vs1-6 of the same chapter where a son is being exhorted by his father to “hear…a father’s instruction”, to “be attentive…that you may gain insight”, to “not forsake my teaching”, to “hold fast my words” & “keep my commandments and live”

Wisdom starts with a humility that opens the ears, opens the heart to others in this life, who are further down the journey of following and serving God or who might have a perspective you don’t have but need.

Wisdom starts by getting it, from others.  “Get wisdom” is not a command you can heed without the help of others, it’s not like a command like “be self-controlled/patient” where we can work harder at obeying.

So the question surely is twofold;

  1. How is your heart?  Are you humble, teachable, willing to learn from others?
  2. Who are you learning from?

By Gareth Bowley

 

 

 

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One thought on “The wisdom of humility

    Nadine Bowley said:
    July 5, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    So true babe xxx

    Sent from my iPad

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