Humility is hard because it requires trust, especially in regard to instruction and advice. Yet, Christ requires it of us.
We begin with Jesus’ invitation:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Mt 11:28-30
God speaks to us through prayer, His Word, circumstances, and other people, mostly the body of Christ, but not limited to it. If we regard every word of advice, rebuke, or correction as possibly coming from the LORD, I think we would hear His voice more often. In any case, responding in a loving manner is mandatory (see 1 Cor. 13:4-8 for a list of how to respond lovingly).
How does the above fit in with today’s Proverbs? Well…
10 Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
18 He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.
13 He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded.
This next verse has to do with our response:
3 He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.
Minor course corrections are preferable to major ones. It just takes a lot more of them to stay on course. If staying on Jesus’ course is our goal, then we will see correction as sweet spiritual food, in which case:
25 The righteous eat to their hearts’ content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.
Let’s be hungry to hear from our LORD from whatever source He chooses.