The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. —Proverbs 10:1

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. —Proverbs 12:15

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. —Psalm 1

            Wise men listen to advice of other wise men and they are a joy to his parents.  It is the fool who thinks that only his understanding is the right way.  He is a fool who thinks his mind alone is all he needs.  The fool does not listen to the advice of others who have wisdom.  He thinks all he needs is his own thinking process.  His thinking and acting are like an isolated island of knowledge and activity, separated from the input of others.  This type of person brings sorrow to his parents.

            The man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, but takes his counsel from the godly is blessed.  It is a wise man who does so.  This wise man listens to what our Lord says.  How can a man be wise when he does not listen to the One who gives wisdom?  It is impossible.  How can a wise man be a wise man if he does not listen to wise men that our Lord has made wise men?

            The wise man will be like a tree which gives life. “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm” (Proverbs 13:20).  “When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge” (Proverbs 21:11).  “A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes” (Proverbs 13:1).  “The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction” (Proverbs 16:23). 

            So, what kind of a tree are you?  Are you a healthy, life-giving tree or unhealthy, lifeless tree?  Are you wise or not?  Be wise by walking with the wise!  Then impart wisdom to others who want to be wise. Dear Father may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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