The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. (Proverbs 12:15 ESV)
My husband, Don, and I like to watch a TV show that has hopeful entrepreneurs asking wealthy financiers for investment money in exchange for a percentage of ownership. As my man teaches business classes at a local school, it’s something we both enjoy.
In a recent episode, a middle-aged man brought a proposal that was full of holes and not at all enticing to any of the investors. In fact, even to my eyes, it had a lot of flaws. This man had invested all that he had to launch this product and now he was being told on national television that it wasn’t going to work. I felt sick just watching! But what was truly disconcerting was that his response was to shake his head and state that he was just going to have to find someone else who wanted to work with him. It was mind-blowing that five accomplished people were telling him to get out now and stop pouring good money into bad and yet, because he had invested so much time and money, this man was blind and deaf to their warnings.
But we can be like that, can’t we? It’s scary how disillusioned we can be when faced with something in our life that we deem to be ‘our baby’ or ‘dream’. The things that we struggle don’t necessarily have to be money related . . . it can be a new relationship, a career change or even a questionable doctrine. When well-meaning friends approach us with godly advice and warning us that we are in danger or going off track from where God wants us to be, we often want to plug our ears, cover our eyes and run away in denial. But God’s Word tells us that a wise person listens to advice. It’s not always easy to heed the warnings, but we are foolish not to.
Father, forgive us for being so stubborn and independent. Help us to surround ourselves with sound, godly people and to change our hearts so that we are open and discerning to their warnings. Give us the wisdom and strength we need. Amen!
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