Beyond the Weekend

May 18 | The Challenge

May 18, 2020


READ Proverbs 18 (listen). WRITE out one verse and SHARE with someone.

Proverbs 18 is part of the proverbs of Solomon (Proverbs 10-22). These proverbs are typically two coupled thoughts giving instruction on how to live out wisdom in all of life. Proverbs 18 includes themes geared toward someone preparing for civil service, such as discernment, character and work ethic.


The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Proverbs 12:15

Read: Proverbs 12:15

Listen: Proverbs 12


A wise king who wrote and collected many of the proverbs, Solomon grew up in the royal court. He had the best teachers and learned how to rule a kingdom next to his dad, King David.

Imagine the wisdom David passed down to Solomon. By the time Solomon was twenty or thirty, he would know everything he needed. Yet, Solomon didn’t stop listening but instead talks about the value of good advice.

In our The Wisdom Challenge reading today, he writes that the wise seek out knowledge (Proverbs 18:15). They listen to and seek out advice. Listening to advice can be a challenge, but it is one of the most critical components of the way of the wise.

Wise advice is as valuable today as it was in the time of Solomon. But we can easily think we don’t need it. We bristle at even the smallest suggestions from others, especially when unsolicited. Our initial response can be dismissive.

The wise respond with “tell me what you see” and then give space for an honest assessment of the advice.


Ask God to give you a heart of openness to what he has for you this week. Maybe pray a prayer like this, “Heavenly Father, help me see what advice I need from the The Wisdom Challenge readings daily. Help me respond with ‘tell me what you see’ to advice or criticism this week so I can take the time to discern whether it is wise advice or not. Amen.”

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