August 12 – Listen to Wisdom

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” – Proverbs 12:15 (NASB)

The way of the wicked or wickedness is contrasted with the way of righteousness throughout this chapter. Each verse brings us to ponder how our lives measure up. The fool’s arrogance and conceit hinder his ability to tap into God’s wisdom. His way is right in his own eyes. He needs no direction, asks no counsel, is stubborn in his own way, because it is his own understanding that leads him and he follows it to his own ruin. His chief danger is his security. The fool does not see the threat of destruction. He has no teachable spirit and so has little means of increasing his wisdom. Is it that we might not see because there is no flagrant sin?   Thinking that we are okay and at least as good as our neighbor. After all we believe in heaven but we may see the way as having easy access by our own understanding. Instead, we will do better to listen to the counsel God gives us through the Holy Spirit and by means of Godly people who can teach us. It is the wise who listen and heed what God has said.  

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