(Pro 15:32 KJV) He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
I find it interesting that in all of the definitions of “neglects” (6544a) the first one is “to lead, to act as leader”. At first that did not make any sense to me but as I looked at all the variations of the word I saw that this was not a Godly type of leadership talked about. Proverbs is big on kings and leaders listening to advice, seeking counsel. What we have here is a person who has all the information and expertise sitting right at his door but he chooses to ignore it and go his own way.
Think of the successful people that ended up in tragedy. The obvious ones committed suicide. Less obvious are the ones who had their minds and health syphoned away by drugs, alcohol, gluttony and sexually transmitted diseases. They often deteriorate slow enough that people are not paying attention to them when they hit the wall. They still hit it.
So? Each and every day I am faced with decisions. The big question is will I listen to the wisdom that God offers or decide to go one more day on my own steam. Maybe it would be a good idea to put a sign on the inside of our doors, “Warning! Wall ahead.”