Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. Proverbs 9:9-11 (NIV)
Do you want to grow in wisdom? Do you want to grow in your knowledge and understanding? Do you want to live a long life with many good days? Yes, I want to grow in my wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Yes of course I want to live a long life with many good days. How is all this possible? Where do I begin? Is there a starting point? What is step number one? Yes, there is a place to begin. There is a starting point. There is a first step to take. You have my full attention. I am ready and willing to listen to you. If you are ready to listen to me then you are already at the starting point and have taken your first step. I’m not sure what you mean. If you want to grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding you must be teachable. You must listen to my words. If you are truly listening to me that means that you have humbled yourself before me. You are not filled with your own pride. You have come to me in humble and reverent awe. You have acknowledged me as your God and Father. I am the Savior and Lord of your life. You are my child. You have been adopted into my family. It is your joy to listen to me. It is your plan to walk with me. You want to live your life with and for me. It is your passion to follow and serve me. Your attitude toward me is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge and understanding. Not only have you taken your fist step with me but you are now walking in all that I want you to receive. You want to be wise. You want to grow in knowledge and understanding. You want to live the life that I have called you to live. Yes, I do. I want to walk with you. I want to live for you. I want to receive all that you have for me. That is very good. I want all these things for you as well.
As you continue to walk with me and listen to all that I have to say to you, I will teach you. Day by day you will grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding. You will live the life that I have called you to live. My word will guard and protect you. My word will make you able to live a long life with many good days. You will go where I send you and do what I ask of you. Not only will you receive wisdom, knowledge and understanding for your own life; I will use you to teach others as well. My thoughts will be on your heart. My words will in your mouth. You will teach the wise grow wiser. You will help the righteous to add to their learning. I will use you for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name.
Lord, in the past I had a proud and unteachable heart. I was unwilling to receive instruction, wisdom, and knowledge. I did not live in awe and humble reverence before you. Now, I want to know you and walk in your ways. I want to live the life you have for me. Amen
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