Proverbs 12:15 (AMP)
15 The way of the [arrogant] fool [who rejects God’s wisdom] is right in his own eyes, But a wise and prudent man is he who listens to counsel.
The folly of the fool is that he always thinks he is right and for that reason, it becomes very hard to give him counsel. According to a fool, he can do no wrong, and thus he leans on his own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP)
5 Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 [a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Because the fool thinks he is right in his own eyes, he relies on what he knows and the things he has experienced not realizing that he is limited in his knowledge and understanding. We are to trust in God with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding because the same bible tells us in Jeremiah 17:9 that the heart of man is exceedingly wicked, who can know it? What is the wisdom to trust in a wicked heart?
To reject God and His counsel is to be a fool, it is to declare that you know more than God and that’s the most tragic thing you can do.
The bible tells us that wisdom cries out in the market square, in a public place for all those who would be careful enough to listen. God himself says he who lacks wisdom should ask of him, and He will freely and generously give to him who asks. Wisdom is not hard to find, the problem is that sometimes we are too foolish and proud to ask for it.
Proverbs 28:26 (AMP)
26 He who trusts confidently in his own heart is a [dull, thickheaded] fool, But he who walks in [skillful and godly] wisdom will be rescued.
The best measure of wisdom is for you and I to shelve what we think we know and allow God to give us instruction that we then follow because only then will we be rescued. Imagine Peter and his team experienced fishermen having fished the whole night, and yet, they had caught nothing. These were experienced fishermen and yet here comes Jesus the “son of a carpenter” who tells them go out in the deep during the day and to try one more time. Peter chose not to be the fool and though it did not make sense naturally, he followed what Jesus told him to do, and the results were spectacular.
Seek after Gods wisdom, don’t be a fool trusting in your own understanding even in the daily choices we have to make.