by Graham Mol
None of us set out to be a know-it-all. In fact, none of us would ever classify ourselves as someone who knows everything. And yet, that is not always how we act. This is especially so in areas that we’ve had a lot of experience in, areas that may have become “old news” “that same old thing” and “ordinary”. We think we’ve seen or heard it all. We’ve made our mistakes and learn from them but then still make the mistake of thinking we have no more mistakes to make. Pride is a very subtle thing that can creep into our lives. This can happen in our spiritual life too. We get used to the way we do things, the way we pray, the way we worship, the way we serve the Lord. We’d never say our way is the best way, but when others share an insight or make a suggestion that challenges the way we’ve being doing things, how open are we to changing? How willing are we to learn from others? How teachable are we really?
Proverbs 15:12 (GNT) has this to say:
“Conceited people do not like to be corrected; they never ask for advice from those who are wiser.”
And Proverbs 13:18 (NLT) says:
“If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honoured.”
It takes humility to realise that we don’t know it all. To realise that the more we learn it should open our eyes to how much we don’t know. This is wisdom, to learn and grow in knowledge but still remain humble.
“Wisdom, from God’s perspective, lies in knowing how to take advice without being either defensive or condescending. Wisdom is evident when we humble ourselves to learn even from those who admittedly know less than we do and are perhaps not as experienced,” (Dave Kraft, “True Leaders are Teachable“)
God has so much that He wants to teach us, about Himself and life. There is so much that we have to learn, and even in eternity we’ll never stop learning. So let us not allow that subtle pride enter, where we start to act like we know it all and resist the lessons of others when they threaten the way we’ve always done things. Let us be humble. Let us be teachable, and always keep learning.