“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” Proverbs 27:12 (NIV)
Comments welcomed. Let’s share what God says to His saints.
What could be clearer than a warning sign?
Yet how often do we heed sound advice? How often do we shake off the wise counsel of others, preferring to take our own advice, even when we’re filled with rage, flooded with baseless hope, or propelled by the logic of prior ill-thought-out decisions?
Proverbs warns us that wise men and women listen to the warning signals, the red flags in our lives, and take evasive actions. The foolish among us — including us in our foolish moments — fail to listen.
Then, as the Bible says, we pay the price for our stubbornness, our pride, and our foolishness.
Wise counsel, indeed, given to us for free from our Creator and Life Sustainer.
QUESTION: Why is it so hard for many of us to accept the wise counsel of others, especially when they mean to help us and not insult us? Can it be our sinful pride refuses to recognize an encouraging word? How can we pray for softer hearts that long for wisdom?
PRAYER: Our gracious heavenly Father — Your love for us knows no end. Not only did You send Your Son to pay the penalty for our sins, but You’ve given us a roadmap with Your Holy Word — the Bible — on how to live faithfully this side of glory. Help us, Lord, to overcome our stubborn sinful pride and listen to Your wisdom. Help us to see the dangers that lie ahead when we’re off course and give us the wisdom to avoid the pitfalls. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen