You’ve probably heard the old saying “a word to the wise…”
Well, this is a word FROM the wise, (for those of you who know me – I don’t mean me 🙂
This is purely Scriptural and I think it serves to convict us in some way:
9 Keep this in mind: The Teacher was considered wise, and he taught the people everything he knew. He listened carefully to many proverbs, studying and classifying them. 10 The Teacher sought to find just the right words to express truths clearly. 11 The words of the wise are like cattle prods—painful but helpful.
This passage is from Ecclesiastes 12, written by Solomon (a man full of wisdom). He tells us that we should remember that our teacher is wise due to the many years of studying he conducted. We should listen to his wisdom.
But I think it’s most important that we remember the last verse listed above: the words may be “painful” but they are “helpful.” Just because you hear something you don’t agree with – and something that may be painful to you doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen. Sometimes there are hard truths that we just need to accept. Even if we don’t like it.