No instructions, no wisdom.
THE BOOK OF PROVERBS
Welcome to today’s newsletter. It's Thursday so we will be looking into the Book of Proverbs together. I pray that wisdom is passed into your spirit as we study together.
Don't just read please, kindly study.
The word here says that “the wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.”
Kindly follow me as we break that verse down bit by bit. Now here are key points to note about this verse:
If a person doesn't like being instructed, he is not wise.
What does this sentence mean? Does it mean that you should start obeying everything and everyone because you want to prove that you are wise? No. Of course not. It only means that humility is the trademark of wise people. People who are wise always recognize an higher authority when they find one and they are always ready to receive and act on instructions from that higher authority. They never feel too big to be instructed or lead.
Higher authority in this context means somebody who is bigger or greater than you and has a proven track record of success. It could be a mentor or even your parents. Meanwhile, higher authority could also mean an organization you are under. It could be your place of work, your church, your place of study, and so on.
Are you following?
Moving on, here is the second key point to note:
Fools that babble fall flat on their faces.
This sentence needs to be understood properly. In the sentence above we are not just talking about every fool but we are pointing specifically to those fools who babble because there are some fools who do not actually babble. (I’d advise that you apply the slow and steady wins the race method to read that part.) The Holy Scriptures say that even a fool is perceived as wise when he keeps shut. This means that some fools babble and some keep shut. But for this context, we are focusing on those ones who babble.
To babble means:
To utter words unintelligibly or indistinctly.
To talk incoherently or meaninglessly.
To talk too much.
To murmur continuously.
To reveal or give away a secret.
In other words, we can say that babbling means continuously talking even when there isn't a need for it, to the extent that the person talks beyond boundaries and doesn't make sense anymore.
It's no surprise that the author of this Book of Proverbs, King Solomon, said that babbling fools will fall flat on their faces. Just imagine, a person is a fool and still babbles. What a pain! Such person cannot be humble. Such person cannot recognize an authority to be submissive to. Such person cannot help but fall because their mouth will lead them into unplanned destruction.
I hope that this breathes wisdom into you as you read through this article this morning. The Book of Proverbs is really extremely full and that's why I thought to bring us with a part of it every Thursdays. Next week I will be here with another enormous, encapsulating wisdom from the book. You and I shall be wise together for sure.
But before then, we will meet in tomorrow's newsletter won't we? Please stay wise!🤗