“Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray
from the words of knowledge.”
Some people gotta’ learn the hard way. Do you know anybody like that? After observing certain people repeat the same cycle of ignoring good advice, making bad choices, and reaping painful consequences OVER and OVER and OVER again throughout my life, I began to think that maybe some people were simply incapable of gaining wisdom. But I was wrong. When you study the book of Proverbs, you’ll see a theme reverberating throughout–wisdom is available to those willing to listen. You see, the problem with people who continually make foolish decisions and never seem to learn from their past isn’t that they have a low IQ or a learning disability; what they’ve got is a hearing problem. And it’s the kind that a hearing aid just can’t fix. The saying, “My words fell on deaf ears,” was created just for them.
God gave us ears so we would use them, and the wise woman does just that. Mary Kassian tells us more:
The final point of contrast between wise and wild is teachability, which is a woman’s willingness to be corrected and instructed. A Girl-Gone-Wise is teachable. She’s eager to grow. She welcomes correction and training. A Girl-Gone-Wild scorns instruction. She doesn’t think she needs input. She resists change. In the book of Proverbs, the Sage profiles three types of individuals who turn their backs on God’s invitation to become wise. They are the simple, the fools, and the scoffers. Proverbs 1:22 mentions all three. Wisdom asks, “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?”
[Girls Gone Wise, p. 248]
What do you think makes it so hard for us to listen to instruction?
Tell me–I’m all ears.
Related Post: Practicing Proverbs
(I promise I wrote this long before I got Mary’s book!)
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