Proverbs — News From The Source - Part 2
“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: to understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.” Proverbs 1:5-6
As children my brother and I shared a bedroom. Next to the doorframe on
the wall ion our room was a slice of an oak tree with the bark around the edge. Printed on the wood was the image of an owl perched on a branch. Underneath the image were these words.
“A wise old owl sat in an oak
The more he heard the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard
Why can’t we all be like that wise bird?”
We saw it everyday walking in and out of the room. Overtime it was sealed in mind and in my heart. It became a life parable that I still live by today.
Wisdom comes from being attentive to seeking and hearing the truth and being discerning about what we are hearing. Seeking the wise counsel of those who are wise will help us to understand the meaning of a proverb, to interpret it rightly and to understand the depth of meaning to be found in it.
Alexander Pope, the 18th Century English poet wrote:
A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.
In the world we have great volumes of surface knowledge and shallow thought swirling all around us, but little truth on which to rest our faith and confidence. But truth can be found in inexhaustible supply in The Word of God.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to al men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5
To gain wisdom we need only look to the Word of God and there He admonishes us to seek those of wise counsel and submit ourselves to their sound advise and learn from their experience and Godly understanding. The young and the old alike, can learn and be enriched by one another — the old man by years of experience proving the Word of God, the young man by youthful exuberance, curiosity and fearlessness in facing the world boldly by faith in God.
Truth (dark sayings) is often hidden in parables so that those who find them will value and cherish them for the true value they are. Truth is hidden from the evil, the foolish and the wicked because they only seek them to corrupt and misuse them.
But those who seek wisdom, to know God and His ways, will find Him and reap His Word’s rewards.
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13