The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15 ESV
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you. Psalm 32:8-9 ESV
Jinny and Sue were working on a math assignment, but neither of them understood how to do the problems. Jinny didn’t like to admit that she didn’t know how to do something, and so she came up with a way to do the work that made sense to her. She finished her assignment, but she did all the problems wrong and so all her answers were wrong. Sue asked her teacher for help, and the teacher showed her how to do the problems. Sue was able to finish her assignment correctly and to get almost all of the answers right.
The Bible says that it’s a wise person who is willing to listen to advice and to learn from others, and a fool who wants to do everything his or her own way and won’t listen or learn from anyone else. Of course, not all advice is good, but listening to parents or teachers or other trusted adults, especially when they warn you that you are doing something wrong, is almost always a good idea. The Bible says that people who won’t listen or learn are like horses or mules that have to be controlled with a bit and a bridle.
The best place to learn wisdom and the right way to go is from God’s word, the Bible. God’s teachings are a good guide for all of life. The most foolish way to try to go our own way is in trying to be one of God’s people. God’s word tells us that we are all sinners and that there is no way we can find our way to God all by ourselves. God sent Jesus to die for us and to be our Savior, and Jesus is the only way to God. It is terribly foolish to think we can please God on our own without Jesus, because that means turning away from the forgiveness God provides for us. God sends us his Holy Spirit to give us the wisdom to trust God’s way of salvation instead of trying to work it out for ourselves.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us always to listen and learn your wise ways, especially about the forgiveness you give us in Jesus. In His Name, Amen.