Listen and Learn - Your Daily Forward Devotional


Listen And Learn


April 8


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Read Proverbs 18:2 (ESV)

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.



According to this proverb, is it wise to learn how to think or to tell everyone what you think?


It has never been easier to share our opinions with the world. With social media and cell phones, I can quickly fire off my thoughts and opinions with a wide audience in a matter of seconds. I can spout off my opinion on things I know very little about. I can give my “hot take” even if I don’t fully understand a situation. There is no doubt that we can express our opinion. The question is—is it always wise?


Today’s Proverb gives us a life principle to help us decide. King Solomon calls people who don’t enjoy gaining understanding fools. The only thing they care about is telling everyone what they think. In other words, they aren’t interested in learning, and they think they already know it all. He put it this way in Proverbs 10:8: “The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.”


When we go back to the Bible, we see that Scripture values gaining wisdom and understanding, not just for education’s sake, but because true wisdom comes from God. Over and over again, we see this theme in the Bible: the wise do things God’s way but fools think they know better.


In the first chapter of Proverbs we read: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (v. 7). Proverbs also reminds us not to think we are wise on our own: “Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil” (Proverbs 3:7).


There is also a theme in Scripture that the wise listen and learn more than they talk. We discussed this just a few weeks ago in James 1:9 when James advised that we be “quick to listen but slow to speak.” People who are quick to speak but slow to listen put their foot in their mouth a lot. They may act like they know what they’re talking about, but their mouths expose their folly.


Friends, if we want to be wise, we need to fear the Lord. Instead of relying on our own understanding, we need to gain our understanding from the Lord, the source of wisdom (Proverbs 3:5-6). But as we interact with people out in the world, we should also humble ourselves and be teachable. There is no way that we can ever know it all. So, rather than babbling on and on, loving the sound of our own voice, and spouting off our opinions to anyone who will listen, we would be wise to listen more than we talk. And when we do express our thoughts, we should be confident that what we’re sharing is what we’ve learned from God’s Word.



Lord, I know that Your wisdom is perfect. I want to learn all I can from You. Remind me to listen and learn more than I open my mouth to speak. When I do express my opinions, may they be informed by You and full of Your wisdom and not my own. Amen.


~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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3 months ago
I want to thank God for allowing you the wisdom to impart his word to guide us to correction!! Thank you for the word of enlightenment!
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3 months ago
Agreed -
3 months ago
3 months ago
"Lord Jesus, help me to not seek my own understanding, but to seek You and Your Understanding in all that I do. I long for knowledge and wisdom, please bless me with them. Send Your Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of believers all over the world. Amen."
3 months ago
3 months ago
The difference between Solomon time and today is Solomon had power meaning what Solomon said became law because of his credibility as King. But today people are not afraid to have closed minds and not afraid as well to exercise their own selfish wants and desires. Sure it is correct to be able to negotiate to come up with a compromise but you have people in power whos only see their wants a desires for power and control that what right over take the logic of what rational thinking and all is left is corrupt and chaos. Sure doing the time of Solomon things was easier because who in their right minds would go against anything that a king would say. That was why when Solomon was going to divide a baby in half thought Solomon was just wanted to prove a point of having the real mother come forth but in reality who in their right mind would have call the king Bluff that he really wasn’t going to divide the baby in half. I hope you see the point just how much the time have change leaning towards evil than doing the right thing.
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