My mother, my wife, and my daughter-in-law are, or were, all teachers. I have also spent several years in the field of teaching. As I have observed and experienced a variety of teachers in my life, I have noticed that there are good teachers, not so good teachers, and then every once in a while you come across an excellent teacher. The kind that makes learning seem as natural, and as essential, as breathing. In today’s proverb Solomon observes that it is wisdom that makes a good teacher – great, and it is foolishness that turns a potentially good teacher into a pathetic one.
2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing,
but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.
Proverbs 15:2 (NLT)
The difference between successful teaching and just belching out foolishness is wisdom. Proverbs claims that it is the fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom. One might go on to suggest that it is the love of the Lord that brings wisdom to maturity. The wisest people I have known in my life have this two things in common—they all clearly love God with all their heart, soul and mind, and they have no fear of anything other than the Lord Himself. Most of them also are, or were, excellent teachers.