The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.”
This week, we’re going to look at what might happen when we receive advice we don’t want to hear. You’ve probably been on the other side of this before: you told a friend exactly what they ought to do to fix a problem or make a situation better, and they flat refuse to do what you told them! That may be infuriating to you, but flip the roles.
Have you ever had solid wisdom given to you that you didn’t take?
All the best wisdom in the world won’t do us any good if we aren’t willing to take the advice to heart and start using it. In other words, we’re going to focus on this one thing:
Putting wisdom into practice!
Remember the guy who God said would be remembered as the wisest person on the planet? Well, we’re going to talk about his son.
Just so we’re clear here: David was a man after God’s heart, the beloved guy, whose son was Solomon, the wisest person on the planet, whose son was Rehoboam.
Rehoboam is not remembered for being very wise.
- When was the last time you heard wisdom that you didn’t like? What was the situation?
- Have you ever gone to multiple sources of wisdom to try to find someone who would tell you what you wanted to hear?
- Why is it difficult to hear negative feedback?
- How can we have an attitude that will not only listen to wisdom but put it into practice?