Don’t be a know it all

Proverbs 2:2-6  Make your ear attentive to wisdom,  Incline your heart to understanding;  For if you cry for discernment,  Lift your voice for understanding;  If you seek her as silver  And search for her as for hidden treasures;  Then you will discern the fear of the Lord  And discover the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom;  From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

One of the admonitions I would hear from my Dad periodically was “Don’t be a know it all”. It usually came when I was arguing with him about something on the farm.  He would remind me that I was 16 years old, and he was 42 years old, and had been farming for more years than I had lived. That statement ended the arguing verbally, but I still fussed in my head over what I thought were outdated farming methods. I considered myself a pretty smart dairy farmer because after all I had read every issue of the “Hoard’s Dairyman” for at least 3 years. Though his instruction “Don’t be a know it all” didn’t register on my brain much when I was a teenager, now I hear him say it in my mind all the time.

Wisdom is the main thing in life, and only those who don’t consider themselves wise will find it, or seek it with enough diligence and humility to be given it by God. It is nice to have a scale to measure how much I weigh, and it is nice to have some way of measuring how much of a “know it all” that I am. My personal scale is, “how much have I been asking others for counsel and advice about anything?” The very act of seeking wisdom from others pleases God, and keeps us humble and a learner and seeker of wisdom. It is a relatively easy goal to set, but difficult to do. I want more and more wisdom so I am committed to seeking it.

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