But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him. – 2 Chronicles 10:8
Do you know how hard it is for a man to ask for directions? I can almost hear every woman that has ever lived shouting, “Yes!” AutoGuide reports that, on average, men drive 276 miles farther than women each year, simply because they won’t ask for help!
Well, here is some insight to the problem. Most men hate to admit that they don’t know where they’re going, be it on a highway or in life. Asking for directions or guidance is equivalent to admitting failure and most men struggle with that idea. Similarly, if a man seeks advice or counsel for any reason, then he must be willing to admit that he doesn’t have all of the answers, another perceived sign of weakness. Unfortunately, this bull-headed approach has led to countless unwise decisions and bad consequences. Rehoboam, king of Israel, wanted to exert control over his newfound kingdom and rather than seek advice, he sought affirmation. The outcome was a divided Israel.
Possessing the humility to admit dependence is a sure sign of spiritual health and a healthy self-image, but it doesn’t come naturally. It must be cultivated through a deepening and abiding relationship with Christ. Walk with Jesus, be filled with the Spirit, listen to your faith family, and you surely end up where God would have you go.
If thou art wise thou knowest thine own ignorance; and thou art ignorant if thou knowest not thyself. – Martin Luther