I Don't Need Your Advice!
Taking other people’s advice can be hard. We like to think we can handle things, that we most thing figured out and what we don’t know, we can figure out as we go. I recently installed a toilet at my house. I could have just opened up the box and started at it, but I decided to stop for a moment, go online, and find a video showing me how to replace a toilet. Could I have figured it out myself? Maybe. But when I thought about the pain it would be if I got it wrong, I knew I’d better get some advice.
The truth is there are a lot of areas of our lives where we could use advice. Maybe it’s marriage or parenting or finances or our walk with God…or all of the above. Seeking wise counsel isn’t something to be ashamed of. In fact, quite the opposite. It can be the wisest thing we can do.
Our passage, today, is from the book of Proverbs, an entire book of the Bible devoted to advice and wisdom. The Bible is filled with wise counsel from the wisest one of all, God. That certainly isn’t all the Bible is, the Bible is the source of life and salvation, the very Word o God; but it is also a great source of wisdom. The question is whether we are willing to listen even when God’s wisdom is different from our own.
Sometimes it isn’t pride that keeps us from listening to advice. Sometimes it’s that we don’t really want to do what is necessary to fix the issue. We’d rather complain and have someone listen to our complaints than deal with the issue. But whether it’s pride or not wanting to deal with the issue, not listening to good advice makes us pretty foolish…
Just like the woman in this video: