We all remember those times of discipline from our parents, the times when you thought you couldn’t hear that rant another time, and yet there you were hearing it again. The one where you always replied, “I know, I know.” Or maybe it was the famous warning you received each time they handed the car keys over. Or maybe it was your school teacher who reminded you each day about the upcoming midterm and how difficult it was going to be. Whatever the case for you, I’m sure you can think of a time when all you wanted to say was, “I know, I’ve heard it all before.”
Proverbs 4 may sound a bit like that when you first read it. The father (Solomon) repeatedly tells his son to be attentive, to accept, to listen to, to remember, and to keep wisdom. But there’s a reason for this continual emphasis. Though we may reply, “I know, I know,” we still forget and still turn away from wisdom when foolishness appears better. We need to be reminded of why this pursuit of wisdom is so important, and we need to be encouraged to keep chasing after wisdom because we will never fully attain it.
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