“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” (Proverbs 1:5)
A wise man will hear
And hold to him dear
All those things that God speaks,
Providing everything that he seeks.
A wise man increases his learning,
Using what he learns to increase discerning.
One who understands seeks wise counsel
From those who know more, avoiding the hassles
Of life that come with lack of understanding,
Not knowing how living life and how demanding
It will be when we think we know that which we do not!
Every day should bring with it an opportunity to learn something new. Wise people enthusiastically greet each new day, with wonderment, waiting to see what new thing will be exposed to them.
The unwise are not so–they resist learning and are proud within themselves, thinking they know more than they know and refuse to hear wise counsel of others. They are rebellious and haughty, not understanding that their attitude towards learning only impedes their ability to succeed and then when they are not able to rise above the ditch they dug with excuses, they blame everyone else around them, refusing to accept accountability for their own actions.
But The Lord knows those who seek Him for wisdom, and not just things because the wise do not treat Him like He is merely a provider of their desires, but a provider of wisdom and knowledge that prepares and sustains one for life, guiding them in how to obtain the things and knowing the things will not obtain them.
The wise person understands the principle thing–that all must learn–is to hold The Lord in such reverence that they would not want to disappoint Him, but rather please Him and when the person has made this decision, The Lord honors their every request for He has said, “Delight in Him and He will give us the desires of our hearts.”
Now, the question is–from whom shall we seek wisdom? Shall we consider our own limited knowledge as wisdom or shall we seek Him who gives us wisdom abundantly, without prejudice or condemnation?
If we really want to increase our learning, we must be wise and seek Him early, while He may yet be found and then do what He says.
This reminds of proverbs 3:5 ~trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding