Learning from Others

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries3 Minutes

“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching; indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head and ornaments about your neck.” Proverbs 1:8-9 NASB

The prologue to Proverbs provides the perfect perspective on wisdom and knowledge. It alerts us that its pages contain the keys to discernment and wise behavior, prudence and discretion. It emphasizes this overriding principle: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” We always should start our search by turning to God. By knowing His Word. By trusting Him.

But Proverbs’ first practical application of these principles focuses on learning from our parents. This focus provides a clue to its importance. For an essential way to gain wisdom is to learn from others. This underscores a point made in the prologue, that “a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.”

This advice is counter to the attitude of many people, who desire independence and want to go their way, regardless of the experience of others, including their parents.

But the Bible urges us to remember why it is wise to seek and listen to the experience of others, even when it may not conform to our personal desires. Even though it may seem counter to what is popular. Even if there might seem to be easier paths, filled with greater pleasures and fewer pains.

This principle is true at every stage of life. We learn from others by reading biographies, and listening to their stories and testimonies. By asking questions and valuing their recommendations. By thinking about what they have said and done.

This attitude doesn’t mean that others are always right, but it helps us cultivate an attitude of respect, and teaches us to learn from their successes and failures.

Ultimately, we need to cultivate this attitude toward God and His Word. Making it our standard. Seeking His wisdom. Placing our trust in Him. Listening with ears to hear.


Prayer: Father, open my mind to what I can learn from others. Help me to be teachable. Forgive me for pride. I humble myself before You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.