Book: Proverbs 13
“Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”
There was a time in history that if you wanted to be an expert in a field, you studied and worked as an apprentice under a master craftsman. You might start off by just sweeping and cleaning the shop but all the while you would be able to observe the master at work. Overtime, you would be given very simple tasks with the expert watching over your shoulder. Day in and day out, just being in the presence of the master craftsman you would pick up tricks of the trade, and fine tune your skill. It would take years before you would be ready to venture out on your own. Even then you would only be a journeyman. It would take more time of developing skill before you would be ready to enter the “master craftsman” club.
The term “walk with” gives the sense of living life with the person. It is more than just a one encounter. This is similar to Jesus and His disciples. In Mark 2: 23-27 Jesus is walking through a grain field and as He does he is teaching His disciples. Mark 10:32-45 Jesus and the disciples are walking to Jerusalem and once again He is teaching them and explaining what is to come. Jesus was constantly passing on wisdom to the disciples as they walked along life’s journey together.
Each of the disciples had to choose to follow Jesus. He did not force them to be His disciples but rather called them and they said, “yes”. Some of them left their fishing business while others gave up their soft cushy government job of collecting taxes. They each saw value in learning from Jesus.
There is a modern saying that goes like this, “It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys”. First off, if you are an eaglet and want to soar like an eagle then you need to leave the turkey flock and learn from the older eagles. Staying and learning from the turkeys will only make you the guest of honor on a plate at thanksgiving.
As you consider those you know, or authors you have read, who are the people that demonstrate and speak God’s wisdom into your life? Those are people you want to “walk with”. Read their books & articles, listen to them speak, and watch their videos. See how you can build a stronger relationship with them, even if it means sweeping the floor as they go about their work. Identify one or two people with such wisdom and dedicate yourself to learning from them over the next few months.