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A Teachable Spirit

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July 11, 2022 8:00 pm

A Teachable Spirit

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July 11, 2022 8:00 pm

It has become sadly “normal” to attack not only the opinions of others but also the person holding the opinion. This can be true in academic circles as well. For this reason, I was stunned when scholar and theologian Richard B. Hays wrote a paper that forcefully took to task a work that he himself had written years earlier! In Reading With the Grain of Scripture, Hays demonstrated great humility of heart as he corrected his own past thinking, now fine-tuned by his lifelong commitment to learning.   

As the book of Proverbs was being introduced, King Solomon listed the various intents of this collection of wise sayings. But in the midst of those purposes, he inserted this challenge, “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance” (Proverbs 1:5). Like the apostle Paul, who claimed that, even after following Christ for decades, he continued to pursue knowing Jesus (Philippians 3:10), Solomon urged the wise to listen, to learn, and to continue to grow.

No one is ever hurt by maintaining a teachable spirit. As we seek to continue to grow and learn about the things of faith (and the things of life), may we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into truth (John 16:13), that we might better comprehend the wonders of our good and great God.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread, and Bill Crowder, the title, today's devotional reading teachable spirit is become sadly normal to attack not only the opinions of others but also the person holding the opinion. This can be true in academic circles as well. For this reason, I was stunned when scholar and theologian Richard B. Hayes wrote a paper that forcefully took the task of work that he himself had written years earlier in his book reading with the grain of Scripture. Hayes demonstrated great humility of heart as he corrected his own past thinking now fine tuned by his lifelong commitment to learning is the book of Proverbs is being introduced. King Solomon listed the various intensive this collection of wise sayings, but in the midst of those purposes. He inserted this challenge, but the wise listen and add to their learning and let the discerning get guidance like the apostle Paul who claimed that even after following Christ for decades. He continued to pursue knowing Jesus. Solomon urged the wise to listen to learn and to continue to grow.

No one is ever hurt by maintaining a teachable spirit as we seek to continue to grow and learn about the things of faith and the things of life. May we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into truth that we might better comprehend the wonders of our good and great God today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Proverbs chapter 1 verses one through seven. The Proverbs of Solomon, son of David, King of Israel for gaining wisdom and instruction for understanding words of insight, receiving instruction and prudent behavior doing what is right and just and fair for giving prudence to those who are simple knowledge and discretion to the young but the wise listen and add to their learning and let the discerning get guidance for understanding, Proverbs, and parables. The sayings and riddles of the wise, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Let's pray. Loving God remind us that we have much to learn about you and about life. Give us a humble, teachable spirit, that we might continually be growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. Thank you Lord it's in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today. My name is Bill Crowder and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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