That’s the problem. It may make sense to the person making the decision, but no one else. So, Solomon warns, “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” And, that’s not always easy!
Taking advice from others is a statement, to some, of being inadequate or incomplete. It is a public admission that “You, of all people, could actually keep me from being wrong? You, keep me, from making a mistake? How dare you think I don’t know everything!”
It is sometimes difficult to admit our limitations. No, perhaps most of the time it is difficult to admit we cannot handle things by ourselves and have limited information about choices that confront us. We think and reason, talk and ask questions, but if what we hear does not agree with what we already have in mind, we readily dismiss it, whether it could keep us from disaster.
Closed minded, stubborn, insecure and threatened individuals who refuse advice, or counsel, are usually very defensive. They are quick to argue and anger, usually impatient and insecure, closed and lonely people. They are self-destructive, and in the process usually destroy others because every decision impacts the lives of others.
Looking to others for insight and understanding, for knowledge and information requires humility. And that may be the real problem. To be humble is to admit that “I don’t have all the answers! Only God does.”
If after searching His Word and praying, we do not have His peace, He’ll send the right “advisor” if we ask.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to be strong enough to become weak, wise enough to seek advice, and then trust You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 12:15 Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to advice.