Solomon tells us that if you try to correct a fool with the Word of God, he will only hate you. But “Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser”.
Later in the Story Matthew will tell us that we have one teacher and that is Jesus. ”Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ.” (Matthew 23:10) And John will say that Jesus is the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) Jesus is the fulfillment of all that was written in the Old Testament and He will come on the scene as God in human flesh.
Ok. So since we only have one teacher and He has revealed His teaching through the Word, a wise person reads the Word…it’s a top priority in their life. And if you lack wisdom, ask the Lord for wisdom and He will give it to you if you ask in faith! (James 1:5).
The Christian life is not a lazy, sedentary life. “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.” “The wise in heart will receive commands”, “Wise people store up knowledge”, and “He who keeps instruction is in the way of life.” Christ followers work diligently to receive His commands and store up knowledge so that they are walking in the way of life and are a light in the world.
Solomon, Peter and Paul all agree that we must be active to follow the Lord. Peter will say later, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge…For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8) Solomon says about wisdom “…those who seek me diligently will find me”. And later Paul will say “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”. (Hebrews 11:6) Solomon and Paul both say to be diligent in your pursuit of the Lord and His teachings; nothing lazy about it!
Let’s continue to diligently seek the Lord and His ways through His Word. Keep reading!