Proverbs 12:15 –'The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he
that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.'
The fool’s conceit hinders his wisdom (Job 11:12)—a discouraging case (Pro 26:12)! His way is right in his own eyes (Pro 16:2). He needs no direction, asks no counsel, is stubborn in his own way—because it is his own (Jdg 2:19), and follows it to his own ruin. His chief danger is his security (Deu 29:19). There may be no flagrant sin, nothing that degrades him below the level of his respectable neighbor. He has no doubt of heaven. Instead of the way being so narrow that few find it (Mat 7:14), in his view it is so easy of access that few miss it. Thus all his religion is self-delusion (Pro 14:12). O my God! Save me from myself, from my own self-deceitfulness.
What a proof of wisdom is a teachable spirit! What an excellent means of increasing it (Pro 1:5)! Was not Moses wiser for hearkening to Jethro’s counsel (Exo 18:14-24), and David for listening to the restraining advice of Abigail (1Sa 25:23-32)? How precious then to the child of God is the office of the Divine Counselor (Isa 9:6)! How wise the reverential faith that hearkens to His counsel! Whom does He ever disappoint? Whom does He “upbraid”72 (Jam 1:5)?