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Receive wisdom, then apply wisdom - Proverbs 2:1-2

Updated on April 3, 2013

Knowledge is not wisdom



2:1-2, My son, if you will receive my words, And lay up my commandments with you; So as to incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding;”

Humans are stubborn creatures, we like to think we know everything there is to know so we don't listen to a lot of the advice we are given. Truth is we don't know as much as we think we know. In the end our stubbornness gets us into more and more trouble. If we had only taken the advice we were given to heart.

In Proverbs 2, It appears Solomon has the same problem with his son. He once again gives him some advice about listening to wisdom but these verses are also a declaration from God to all of His children. If we pick up the Bible, read the wisdom of God, then lay up that wisdom in our hearts, we will have a better understanding of how to navigate through the ups and downs of this journey we call life.

The first part, listening to wisdom.

Listening is much more then just hearing the words people are telling you. It requires involvement by both parties, one person speaking, the other person focusing on what is said, then asking intuitive questions in order to get a full understanding and meaning of each word.

The second part, lay up the wisdom in the heart.

Once a person listens to the words of wisdom they have two choices, ignore the advice or take the advice the to heart. When you take advice to heart you really listen to the advice with the intent of actually using the advice in your life. Lay up wisdom in you heart is not passive it requires action, which leads to the third part, applying the wisdom.

The third part, applying the wisdom to your heart.

After you have listened to the wisdom and laid up the wisdom in your heart you need to apply and use the wisdom in your wife. Words of wisdom are just words unless they help you to change your your life for the better,


Each day we receive wisdom from many different sources. How much of that wisdom we actually apply to our hearts is up to us but Solomon knew from experience not to listen to the wisdom of others, especially God will cause you to stumble and fall.

Remember knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is knowing something and then using that knowledge to change your life for the better.


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