Meditations from Proverbs 9 on Lady Wisdom, Part 2
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
What motivates a person to become wise? What drives a person to learn? I assert that it is because they have a goal that is so big that they cannot achieve it by continuing to do what they are currently doing; they need to become a different person; they need to think differently, they need new skills, abilities and insights if they are going to achieve this huge goal. By acknowledging and confronting their shortcomings, they embrace the quest for answers; they seek wisdom.
What does learning have to do with righteousness? God has created us to grow. His purpose is that we should grow into, “…a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” (Eph 4:13, NASB). The right thing to do is to grow and become progressively more like Christ. To be black and white: growth is right; stagnation is wrong. To cooperate with God is to grow and develop and change; to be stagnant is to live in unbelief not realizing the fullness of what God has for us.
Are your goals big enough that you cannot get there simply by doing more of what you are currently doing? Do you need more of God’s wisdom to get there? The good news is, He is delighted to give it to us if we only seek him for it!
How has striving toward a big goal helped your personal growth?