Listen in Life for Stepping Stones

Proverbs 4:11,12 Dissected & Defined

I have taught thee in the way of wisdom (skill in living); I have led thee in right paths (course of life). When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened (made narrow); and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble (trip).

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

A word of encouragement to the student—Solomon’s son. He gives him a little motivational kick to follow what He has been teaching him.

Solomon is challenging his son to make the search for wisdom his lifelong goal by following the “way of wisdom.”

The way of wisdom is rather simple. It is actually given to us in chapter one. In chapter one, we see three words that lead up to wisdom. Those words are instruction, knowledge, and understanding. They are the stepping stones of wisdom. If you take these steps, you will acquire wisdom in a particular area of life. This is the “way of wisdom.” The more areas in which you take these stepping stones, the more wisdom you obtain. 

Be Careful To Listen In Life

The first stepping stone is instruction. That is “information acquired.” When you acquire it, then you have been instructed in an area. The second stepping stone is to turn that instruction into knowledge. Knowledge is “information accepted.” You accept information when you perceive it to be truth with intention of following, as necessary. When you accept information, you gain knowledge in an area. The third stepping stone is understanding—”knowledge applied.” That is to say, a circumstance in life has led you to apply your acquired information (your knowledge). When you apply knowledge, you will then acquire understanding in that area as an expertise. By exercising faith in this process, you will be given wisdom by God. 

Solomon told his son that he had taught him this “way of wisdom” and had given him clear direction in his life. The only step left was for his son to follow his direction and take the right steps. Solomon explains that the benefits of applying these steps are enormous: ample room to negotiate in life and safety and stability in your life’s journey.

So, be careful to listen in life. You might find a precious stone. Keep it, but then step on it!

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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