Proverbs 19:27 - Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
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There’s an old adage that says, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” I think that has proven to be untrue. You can actually teach an older dog new tricks. You can also teach an older person new tricks or things as well. I know what it means to get older and more set in your ways. I’m not that old, but the more years and gray I see, the more set in my ways I become. But I want to be able to stay up to date with what is happening. Technology is changing on a daily basis, and I want to be able to stay with it.
Whatever the new gadget, smartphone, or wearable tech comes around the bend, I want to be able to use it. I don’t want to be stuck in a rotary phone world when people are texting around me. I think that’s a healthy thing too. Not that I’m doing it because I don’t want to be left behind, but I want to stay relevant and fresh. This is a proverbial way of thinking.
I think many believers are stuck in a rotary phone world today. They get stuck in one little bubble of time in their life or spirituality and they can’t move on to greater things. Our lives should be on a constant open communication stream of knowledge and wisdom from God’s Word and the Spirit. Many times our spiritual lives become dry and stale because we are still waiting for our rotary dial up phone on the wall to ring.
The more we stay in communication with the Father, with His words, with the Spirit, the more in tune we will be with what He’s doing in this world. The less we do this, the more we are apt to stray from the words of knowledge and wisdom. Never stop listening to instruction. Keep those lines of communication open.