Always Learning

I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.  Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

Proverbs 24:30-32

“Learn from the mistakes of others because you won’t live long enough to make them all yourself” is a good quote that I have seen attributed to everyone from Ben Franklin to Eleanor Roosevelt.  Whoever it was that came up with it first, it is a good thought and one that fits perfectly with this passage of Proverbs.

In these verses, the writer is passing by “the field of the slothful.”  He is basically going past a lazy man’s farm.  He notices things about it: he notices that it is overgrown with thorns and nettles, and that the wall was broken down.  It was in a state of disrepair and was obvious that the owner had not taken care of it as he should have.  And then verse 32 gives us the “clincher”: “I saw”, “I considered it well”, “I looked upon it” and “I received instruction.” 

Everything in life is a potential learning experience.  When we make a mistake, we should learn from it so that we do not make the same mistake again.  When we see someone else make a mistake, we should also learn from that so that we do not make the same mistake. There are lessons to be learned all around us.  God has many things to teach us every day, but how often are we not paying attention?  Let us pay attention to all of the things the Lord would have us to learn!

2 responses to this post.

  1. I love that quote and hadn’t heard it before! Good one. And I so understand the importance of learning what He needs me to learn in situations. That is happening right now as I struggle with something. As soon as i stop struggling and start asking Him what is it that I’m missing, He is faithful to reveal it. For me this time, it was that I needed reminded to indeed listen to Him more than to the world. I felt overwhelmed at my care giving duties and that I wasn’t getting anything done. I was letting the world dictate to me what things were important to get done . . .even simple things like laundry, housecleaning, helping others. All good things, all things that need to get done but the most important thing He wanted me to do was the invisible things. The care of someone who can’t really care back, the things that I can’t hold up and say, look at this. The things that need done over and over again, with love and patience, that only He sees. Sorry I wrote so much! ha! God bless you, Ben, and all you do for Him . . .and for helping us to keep learning. p.s. old dogs can learn new tricks! deb


    • Thanks, Deb! This “old dog” is definitely trying to learn some “new tricks”! 🙂 I understand that sometimes we get so busy doing our “stuff” that we don’t take the time to stop and ask the Lord what He wants us to do or what He wants us to be learning from whatever situation we’re in. I know that He has so much for us if we will only take the time to find it!


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