If you’re just joining us, welcome. You’ll find a short introduction to the Proverbs reading plan on Day 1.
Section Two—The Inner Life:Wisdom concerning the body, heart, and mind
The proverbs we study this week we are turning our attention inward. We’re examining ourselves in light of the wisdom God’s Word provides on the topics of seduction and strength, health and happiness, adversity and anger, counsel and instruction, and humility and pride.
Day Eleven: Counsel and Instruction
Seek counsel. Desire to be taught. Nurture a curiosity to explore things you don’t understand.
On a purely intellectual level, these ideas make perfect sense—to the extent that they shouldn’t even need to be said. But because we are proud, our hearts tense up at the suggestion that we have much to learn.
The way of wisdom is about more than simply obtaining new information. It is about living as part of a community where we gladly regard one another as valuable.
These proverbs charge us to lay down our pride and seek counsel and instruction.
Counsel and Instruction
Think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths.
A fool’s way is right in his own eyes,
but whoever listens to counsel is wise.
A fool’s displeasure is known at once,
but whoever ignores an insult is sensible.
The one who walks with the wise will become wise,
but a companion of fools will suffer harm.
A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person
more than a hundred lashes into a fool.
Listen to counsel and receive instruction
so that you may be wise later in life.
Q. Are you someone who desires wise counsel, or are you someone who wants to find your own way?
Q. How do you react when people try to tell you what you should do? How do you react to a command from God that you’re not particularly fond of?
Q. What does it look like to walk with wise people? How is this something you are doing, or could do, in your life?
Q. Think about those people who have counseled and instructed you. Are you becoming someone who has counsel and instruction to give? Is there anyone in your life right now who needs your wisdom, experience, and counsel? What would it look like for you to pursue that person this week?