How do the wise learn?

They learn through instruction. Proverbs 21:11 says: When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise, when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.

The second part of this verse stood out for me this morning, and I got the following thoughts.

Some people have to learn from the consequences of their actions. This is a very painful, embarrassing and inconveniencing way of learning. It drains our resources, wastes our time and draws us many steps back.

However, the wise learn by receiving and following instructions. This may seem a boring way because it may seem to be without fun or pleasure, but it saves so much time, creates progress much faster and has no drawbacks in terms of memories or effects on our health, finances and other resources.

So now we have two choices, to choose to learn by punishment, or by following instructions. I’m sure you, like me, have had to learn a couple of times through punishment. This is the year of Jubilee. Surely we can have a better, more peaceful, easier and more profitable learning experience. I’d like that, so I’ll simply follow instructions. How about you?

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