Proverbs 22:17 – Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge
This section of Proverbs 22 beginning in verse 17 is to provide wisdom to those who seek it. First we have to be an active listener and really hear the word. Then we have to take the learning from listening to wisdom and have the Spirit change our heart to action. So listen, learn not merely for intellectual gain but so we can act.
I must be intentional and seek wisdom which comes from God. I have to listen to discern what God is telling me and not just be a hearer of the word. Ultimately, apply the knowledge of a changed heart only possible by the love of Christ and trust in the Lord with his plans. His ways are better, more bountiful and possible when surrendered to Christ than my limited plans.
Thank you for the wisdom you give when I humbly follow you. Let me trust you completely and live to honor and glorify you.