April 4: “The Blessing of Listening and Learning”

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Today’s Bible Reading:

Deuteronomy 26:1-27:26
Luke 10:38-11:13
Psalm 76:1-12
Proverbs 12:15-17

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Proverbs 12:15 (NLT): “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

I realized a long time ago that if I allow my mind, spirit, body, or anything else about me to become unhealthy, I will be a horrible influence on others. That problem is compounded when I realize that I lead my family and a church. So, I use my mornings to feed my soul and take care of my body.

So, yesterday morning, after spending time in my Bible and writing an article on my website, I stepped into our garage to exercise on our Total Gym workout system. To make the most of my workout time, I like to listen to various podcasts. The one I listened to yesterday came to mind as I read the verse I chose for today.

Proverbs 12:15 (NLT): “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.”

While I do not always agree with everything I hear on Carey Nieuwhof’s Leadership Podcast, I have found it to be very insightful. His recent podcast was particularly helpful. He interviewed Adam Grant and discussed how it is beneficial in virtually every field of study to assume that there may be some errors in what we believe. While recognizing that some of our beliefs are non-negotiable, we realize that some personal “beliefs” we hold might be incorrect. So, we humbly read, listen, observe, learn, and make the necessary adjustments in our belief system.

Unfortunately, our pride often gets in our way. We don’t like to admit that we may be wrong about something, so we firmly hold all of our beliefs without making sure they are correct. Then, we assume everyone who has a different perspective from us is wrong.

Our pride also works to shut our ears and mind. Regarding church, we sit in the pews, assuming we’ve got everything right. As the Bible is taught or preached, we mindlessly, passively listen with no intention of learning anything. Even in our own private times with God’s Word, we read it but don’t fully engage because we assume we’re right and don’t need to learn or be corrected.

Friend, the words of Proverbs 15:12 should resonate with us. We would be so much better off if we put those ancient, wise words into practice. We would be free to enjoy the pursuit of truth and experience the blessings of living in the truth.

Proverbs 12:15 (NLT): “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.”

So, as you embark on this new day, go into it with a desire to humbly observe and learn. Don’t be afraid to periodically admit that you might be wrong about something. Learn, make the necessary adjustments, and end the day a better person than when you started it.


Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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