Learning How to Learn [Proverbs 1:7 Daily Devotional]
What is Proverbs 1:7 about?
Learning and knowledge can’t truly happen before we humble ourselves before the Lord. If you think about it, submitting yourself to a teacher requires a lot of humility. The author of this proverb is telling us that in order to learn we must be humble. The proud – those who the author calls “fools” – oppose humility, which then means they hate wisdom and instruction. A person can’t learn with that attitude.
Learning How to Learn
It may seem silly, but learning to learn is a valuable skill to have. It means that you not only have the capacity to learn new things but you also have the ability to learn new things. This is important in our faith for two reasons. The first is that you’re able to think through scripture yourself. This is what Paul calls getting off spiritual milk – getting beyond the basics. The other reason is it prevents you from becoming stagnant in your faith. When you’re always seeking out and learning something new about God, you continue to be inspired and changed on a consistent basis.
So how does someone learn? Through humility. Find a teacher you respect and ask them to teach you about something you’re interested in. If you want to know something about a specific book in the Bible, find someone you know is an expert about that book. If you want someone to teach you how to be a worship leader or a pastor, find a worship leader or pastor to teach you. I’m writing specifically about our faith, but you can find someone to teach you about anything you want.
Once you find a teacher, listen to them. Learning happens through listening, which is where humility truly plays a part. Take notes and do as they say in regards to the topic you’re learning. You won’t understand why you’re doing what you’re doing right away, but a good teacher will reveal it over time.
Lastly, practice what your teacher teaches. Listening is only part of the battle when it comes to learning. It takes practice to master the topic you’re looking to learn, so use repetition to learn what your teacher teaches you. Ask them if they do any specific exercises to get better at their craft and copy them if necessary.
Father, you are our ultimate teacher. Thank you for giving us the ability to learn and to even get better at learning. Help me to seek out people who have something to teach me, and give me the humility to submit myself to their teaching. Beyond that, though, help me to submit myself to you as my heavenly teacher. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.