Pondering Proverbs 18:2 – Listening, don’t be a fool


“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing his opinion.”
Proverbs 18:2

My take: God gave us a 2:1 (ear:mouth) ratio in the department of listening which is a key to understanding for a good reason. The hard part is keeping that ratio in sink when there is little magin in the day and one is opinionated. Proverbs lays it out rather clear, understanding is a fine art and a wise person should be skilled and take pleasure in it. Listening to understsnd is especially important in the response to timely and smart questions. And the better listeners also use their eyes and heart for discernment. I personally often forget to ‘seek first to understand before being understood’. That is so crucial….as I have been told.

My prayer: God you know my shortcomings here. Help me learn from Jesus and other characters in the Bible and world who are worth emulating. Remind me to be genuinely interested in others, at least equal to my own interest as your Word says.

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