We sat there wondering if he knew what he was saying, trying to convince himself of such insanity, or wanting to create fear in our hearts about his power. It really did not matter. All of us, including him, realized the folly of his speech.
However, there are many who believe as he believed: they are incapable of being wrong. They refuse to accept the counsel of anyone and after making a decision become even more resolute and stubborn. Solomon had something to say to people who held that opinion of themselves: “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.”
Ultimately and finally, those who have that attitude about themselves are on a path to self-destruction. When looked at from a biblical point of view, they refuse to accept the role of sin in their lives, their need for a Savior or the reality of God’s judgment that awaits them. Their world view is completely distorted.
The wise, however, “listen to advice.” Even though they may be embarrassed or disappointed when someone who loves them corrects them or points out a “flaw,” they know that it is for their own good. Those who listen to the advice or counsel of someone with spiritual insight and wisdom, will be rewarded. Listening to and accepting the advice of our “elders in Christ” is the “wise” thing to do before making any decision.
Prayer: Lord, break the hardness of our hearts when we think we “know it all.” Lead us to those who are wise. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 12:15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.