July 23, 2013 by lellielieb
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice.” Proverbs 12:15
Listening to the advice provided by the Book of Proverbs is like drinking from a firehose. I read a chapter and a half today and I could have written ten different journal entries just from that small section. Proverbs has a lot to say about being truthful, diligent, thrifty, generous, obedient, patient, and just generally righteous, but over and over, in the midst of all of the wise tidbits it provides, Proverbs reminds us not to rely on our own understanding.
It seems that our own society tells us the exact opposite. How often in movies, T.V. shows, books and magazines are we told that all we need to do in order succeed is to look within, follow our dreams, find our own path, reach for the stars, dig deep, blah, blah, blah. We receive the message that we cannot make anyone happy except ourselves, and so we give up reaching out and only look within. We forget how much our actions can impact others and we lose out on what others can offer us if we would only listen to their advice.
The message of the verse I’ve shared above is that it is foolish to rely on our own wisdom, the follow unswervingly our own path, to believe that our own way is always the right way. Wisdom means looking to God, to His Word, to others who have gone before. Wisdom is willing to entertain the thought that we might be wrong, that we might not be equipped to make certain decisions on our own.
I am being reminded of the tremendous value of the Proverbs. It’s a book to visit often and with regularity. It’s full of advice I need to put into practice. I need to get started.