It’s hard to take advice sometimes isn’t it? I mean the American dream is all about pulling yourself up by your own boot straps. Making it your way or your work. We really do pride ourselves on making it on our own. We put men on pedestals who have defied the norm, ignore the critics, and went about it their own way, who learned their own lessons, who took “the path less travelled.”
Now, there is nothing wrong with being different. The Bible encourages us to be who God created us to be and to live that person to the fullest. But it also gives stern warnings towards those who will go their own way. We hear about “wicked” men who go after “their hearts desires” and it warns about the “pain” that lies in wait for them. It encourages us to not make some of the same mistakes as those who have gone ahead of us. It challenges us to seek counsel and to search out those who can give good advice towards our situation.
Why is this so hard? That one is actually very simple. Pride. When we refuse to seek out counsel from others and when we defy to do it our own way no matter the cost we’re being led by a pride that only sees the input of others as a tarnish on a goal achieved. If we read scripture though it warns us. Those who go at it alone may succeed, but the cost they pay is tragic.