“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” Proverbs 19:20
What is it about taking advice that is so . . . so . . . so hard to do sometimes? I’m one of those guys who’s happy to have a navigation app on his phone–that means I never have to ask for directions again! But when it comes to life stuff, I just want to have it all figured out already. Who doesn’t? Here are some tips gleaned from Proverbs 19:20 that can be helpful.
Look for advice in the right places.Have you ever had that conversation with that guy (you know the one) that leads you to ask yourself–while he’s talking mind you–why you are even talking to him? Don’t take advice from that guy! But the truth is, some people have angles and perspectives that can be really helpful to us. They’ve gained those “angles and perspectives” through education, work, and experience (which translate to blood, sweat, and tears respectively).Those people are definitely worth listening to, which leads us to the next point.
We don’t know it all. In fact, we’ll never be as wise alone as we can be together (Proverbs 11:14). Listening is almost a long-lost art. Yeah, we may have to sift through the junk to get to the good stuff, the stuff that applicable to where we are in life, but that too is part of listening.
The end of the Proverb is clear: the point is to become wise(r).In the end, once we’ve gained from listening and experiencing life for ourselves, we don’t listen as much as we once did and eventually become the ones who are listened to. This is the cyclical pattern of life.