Pr. 19:20: “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.”
This summer my Pastor has been doing a short series about simple, godly money management for the teenagers and young adults in our church. As he teaches, we all learn, but I also pray for them to listen with their whole hearts. He speaks as a man of experience, a man who has raised children, learned the hard lessons of being a servant to debt, and has created better habits for his future. If anyone would listen to him and put his wise teachings into practice now, they will be grateful 15 years from now.
Same goes with Sunday school. If children listen to the wisdom of their teachers, they will be able to avoid making some mistakes, remember how to steer around certain temptations, and know upon who to call when they need wisdom, help, or peace. If teachers will share the wisdom of their own experiences, it may just save those children from learning the hard way. But the children have to listen.
All of us have had counsel and instruction that has or could have taught us, so that we would be wise in our latter days. Maybe we listened; maybe we didn’t. The best thing is that if you’re reading this, you’re still alive, and you still have the opportunity to listen and receive counsel and instruction now.
We can still dig in to the Word of God and receive direction and cautions to direct us throughout our lives. We can still listen to those who have already been through the fire, fun, and obstacles. Whether they’ve been through it themselves or have watched others, they know what comes on the other side of certain decisions. If we observe their lives or ask for advice, we could learn so much.
God gave us an abundance of advice, instruction, caution, and warnings in His Word. The key to using it? We have to listen. Open your ears to the Word today and to godly people who are full of wisdom. In your latter days, you will be grateful you did.