The Proverbs of Solomon:
Solomon uses chapter 10 as the opportunity to list virtues vs. iniquities in an effort to address the benefits of wisdom vs. the perils of the un-wise.
In short: Good things come to the Wise. Bad things come to the Un-Wise. Although most of these verses can be discussed individually, I would like to take a few minutes to focus on Verse 8. "The Wise in heart accepts commands. But a Chattering Fool comes to ruin."
The Wise in heart accepts commands. A person with a Wise Heart is a humble person. An individual of if full of humility, someone who is easy to teach and ready to learn. Those Wise in Heart are not arrogant or hubristic, rather someone who is approachable and willing to help others. Those Wise in Heart are quick to listen to and learn from others.
The Wise Heart also has the ability to recognize the Wisdom in others and Positional Influence where wisdom may falter. Those Wise in Heart have the ability to follow and identify with the vision of an organization.
A Chattering Fool....Oooohhhh, the Chattering Fool. We all know these people, these people who are incessant in their right to amble aimlessly without intelligent or articulate thoughts. These individuals believe it is their right to provide "value added" comments, criticisms, and opinions to all conversations or scenarios.
In several previous chapter reflections we have referred to the Braying Donkey. We, as Tigers should NEVER argue with a Chattering Fool... The Chattering Fool values their own opinions and gossip above true Wisdom. Unfortunately, this foolishness will not only lead to the demise of the donkey...but this Fool will lead those who listen to Ruin as well.
Stephen Coven tells us "Seek first to understand." The Wise man will listen and learn. The Foolish man will pollute the environment with foolishness and drivel.
The Wise listen, and learn and are, in turn, lifted up by the Lord's Blessings. The incessantly yammering Fool is too focused on their own nonsense to hear or follow God's commands.
Chapter 11 Tomorrow.
The Proverbs Project
For the next 30 days, I intend to read and reflect on one chapter in the book of Proverbs.