Proverbs 4:5

Proverbs 4:5

Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.

David was as angry as it gets when he strapped on his sword, commanded his men to do the same and rode out after Nabal. He was out for blood – a lot of blood! In fact, he wanted to kill every male in Nabal’s household. He was a man heading for a rampage.

But with all this anger and vengeance flowing out of David, there’s a moment where everything stops and much to our surprise, David changes course. “Then David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me. And blessed be your discernment, and blessed by you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed, and from avenging myself by my own hand…”. What we see here is David’s teachable spirit. Heading down the wrong road, David was able to be open to humble woman’s teaching moment.

Wisdom, insight, and the word of God. These three things are invaluable to the life of the Christian. But if we live with an unteachable spirit in our hearts then all the wisdom and insight in the world will do nothing for us. We will simply ignore what God is trying to teach us. Not one of us is perfect, but each of us can be teachable. The life of discipleship is about learning and growing in Christ. To do that we must be open to being taught, even from places and people we would least expect it.

Seek to open your heart up to moments where God can use others to grow and stretch your faith and your wisdom and your insight.