“Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days” (Proverbs 19:20).
Much of what qualifies as wisdom is the capacity to learn from the life experiences of others. There is perhaps no more egregious an error than to assume that life’s questions and hardships are unique to the time in which we live. Such chronological snobbery deprives one the opportunity to draw from the well that has been dug by those who came before us, with questions as searching as ours. Even scripture must be read with this spirit of humility if we are to benefit from the cumulative wisdom of those have hungered for God and been filled.