TUESDAY, JULY 2
“Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.”
Proverbs 18:2 ESV
OPTIMAL FRIENDS TAKE THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND
The little boy was innocently talking to the arrogant pastor. “Today my dad taught me all about Babylon.”
“Really?” replied the pastor. “And how did he explain Babylon?”
He said, “Babylon is what our pastor does ever Sunday morning.”
Proverbs 18:2 teaches that a fool is someone who babbles on or “delights in airing their own opinions.” But a wise man takes pleasure in getting understanding. In order to get understanding we have to take the time to listen and learn. We’ve all probably been guilty of preparing what we are going to say next while someone is still talking to us. But the best friends are the ones who will hear you out before they respond. This is not just important in friendships, but it’s important in all of our relationships. Our employees should be heard, our kids need to be heard, our spouses need to be heard and the people we interact with on a daily basis need to be heard.
Typically, when we do all the talking we simply want people to be impressed with us and what we know. But the more we genuinely care about others the more we genuinely ask questions in an effort to know and understand them. Jesus was the best at asking questions before He responded. Jesus asked 307 questions during His time on earth. His goal was not just to communicate information but to help people get a better understanding of themselves and of God.
Who are your close friends who are willing to take the time to hear and understand you? Who are your close friends who are willing to take the time to try and hear from God? Are you the kind of friend who listens to God and listens to God for your friends? Do you do more talking or taking the time to ask questions and listen?