“Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.” (Job 6:24)
Job was a disciplined man and full of wisdom. Job was willing to learn even from the criticisms of others.
Beloved, this is the mark of a wise man. Only a fool assumes that his critics are always in the wrong.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have shown how a truly wise man acts, and in his own words, he states: ‘Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.’ Most people want to begin to talk and explain their actions and why they did or said and therefore want to explain themselves. Job truly sought to learn how he had been wrong and stated he would be quiet. Abba in honor of our relationship with You Abba, and Your Son Christ Jesus, we pray that we will always remember all that we have been taught for true understanding, by those in the clergy, and both family and friends. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention.”
“Listen my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. When I was a boy in my father’s house, still tender, and an only child of my mother, he taught me and said, “Lay hold of my words with all your heart: keep my commands and you will live. Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Thought it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will you. Honor you; she will set a garland of grace upon your head and present you with a crown of splendor. Listen my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.” (Proverbs 4:1-10)
“Instruction” refers to a process of training in which the learner submits to teaching and guidance of a wiser person.
To benefit from such instruction, we must cultivate a teachable spirit cultivate a teachable spirit and accept the discipline of firm guidance. The ultimate reward of such training will be a long and useful life.
“He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.” (Proverbs 15:31-33)
Here, the biblical writer repeatedly emphasized the relationship between learning and the quality of “teachableness.”
Just as children can learn from parental discipline, so can we learn from constructive criticism all through life, if we have the humility to accept corrective advice.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach.” (Proverbs 22:17)
The learners self-discipline is more important than externally imposed discipline. The presence of good teaching does not guarantee learning, for learning is an active process in which learners seek truth and apply themselves to the task.
Indifference, self sufficiency, or dullness of mind and heart can close our ears to words of wisdom. We do not acquire knowledge by sitting passively and waiting for it. We must search for it as though it were a hidden treasure. Understand?