Verse 23: “He shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.”
Although men hold the reputation for not stopping for directions, pride does not limit itself to gender. Both male and female, resist asking for help or admitting failure. Sometime asking for help or admitting failure are related to one another and sometimes they are not. Either way, the inability to reach out for instruction will ensure our own folly and disaster. Not asking for help can cost us dearly. It can be relationships, finances, or even employment. As today’s “gold nugget” declares, “He shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.”
This next point is something that everyone must come to grips with; “God did not create us for individual survival.” As a matter of fact, one of the first statements He made concerning man was, “It is not good that he should be alone.” As a result, he made Eve to be his helpmate. This sounds demeaning to women if they are not aware of what this means. Clearly man in himself was lacking companionship and completeness that God Himself did not fill. That is a statement that can cause discomfort, but it was from God's mouth Himself. As long as we are on this earth we will need each other. God designed us to need one another spiritually and naturally. We need each other for strength, encouragement and for instruction. Embrace your humanity and loosen your pride. Reach out to someone with Godly character and discipline today for instruction. Your path with God is designed by Him to include others. We are one body in need of our other members.
Lord, help me to suffer my pride and receive instruction from those you have provided for me to call upon. You are first and foremost in my life for instruction, correction and guidance, but I know you often use others to carry it out. Amen
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