“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” (Proverbs 1:5)
When it comes to wisdom, there is never a moment when a person has “arrived” and can take easy and stop learning. Here are a few reasons why:
- We are great at forgetting stuff. We need to keep learning because what we really need is to relearn the important things we’ve forgotten due to carelessness.
- We haven’t seen it all. Every situation is like a snowflake. Although they may be similar on a superficial level, in the details, each one is unique and calls for a nuanced discernment. When our responses become automatic, we run the risk of a hardened heart. Vibrant habit becomes meaningless ritual. Brillant insight spirals downward into blind assumption.
- We are different. Our personalities may change very little over the years, but our priorities don’t. If we are growing spiritually, they become more focused and less selfish.
- God is infinite. We can never learn everything about the heart of God.
I’m sure there are many other reasons why we must keep up the pursuit of wisdom, but one thing is clear: even the wise are to keep adding to their learning.