Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
This proverb reminds us that a key to wisdom is to be a lifelong student. Graduation from high school or college or even retirement from a career is not a time to stop learning and growing. This applies on a physical level. It is healthy for people to continually exercise their minds to fight forgetfulness and mental atrophy. Regular reading of meaningful and informative books and articles is a good way to continue learning.
But more important, it is vital to continue learning from the Bible—the Word of God. Christians are called to be “disciples”—lifelong students of Jesus Christ. We are told to continually “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). To fulfill the goal of continually “increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10), we must:
- Continually read and study God’s Word.
- Learn from faithful teachers of the Bible.
- Practice what we learn.
This is the only way we can ensure that we do not “stray from the words of knowledge.”
To learn more about the Bible, visit our section “The Bible: God Speaking to Us.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: "Self-Justification and Avoidance of Responsibility Enter Humanity."