To Know Wisdom
Wisdom through the Awful Grace of God

Instructions for Living

I read the Proverbs for instructions because the proverbs contained therein were written for instruction of a very specific kind. They were written to teach us how to live. They were given to show us how to deal wisely with people and with issues, and how to do what is right and just fair by others. Proverbs 1:3 puts it this way, "To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;"

Discipline and prudence are not birthrights. They don't instantly appear in our lives. They are acquired skills and learned behaviors. We have to be taught. In order to be taught, we must be willing to learn and receive feedback from outside sources.

The humble person is willing.

That person has hope.

One might assume that righteous, just, and equitable behavior just comes naturally for people of good will. If that were true, no one would ever have to grapple with difficult ethical questions. Yet, we all do.

There is something of a science of doing right and it is an art form as well. We come with desire and intent and we submit ourselves to instruction with the understanding that some issues are too complex to be shrugged off as obvious. There are too many layers for us to settle for a surface judgment. We need the skills that good teaching and wise mentors provide.

The wisdom of the ages and, in this case, wisdom as a gift from God informs us of perspectives we would not have otherwise considered.

If we think we already know it all, we are going to miss something and we will not be at our best when the perplexing challenges of life arise.

Be a lifelong learner, always listening, ever reading, and constantly absorbing truth and keep coming back to the Proverbs for practical instruction.