Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;
he breaks out against all sound judgment.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice.
Reading through Proverbs this year.
Wisdom takes a lifetime. It is amazing how rich and full of meaning even a few verses can be.
I'm meditating on Proverbs 18:1 this week and all other attendant verses on seeking good counsel, keeping the company of wise friends and seeking the Lord.
There are so many applicable areas and so many myriad ways in which Prov 18:1 is true but here are a couple of thoughts that stand out:
1. This is one of the chief reasons for church (Rom 12:5) - so that we may form one body and guard each other.
2. God did not ever intend for man to be alone. Later in Proverbs 18, this little verse jumped out - (He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD). Hundreds of other verses in the bible of which Proverbs 12:5 is one, about seeking wise counsel, keeping good company, fleeing bad company also jumped to mind.
3.ultimately, the company we need to keep .... the person to stay close to is God. (Gen 1:27) and in Him alone can we find rest.
4. Drawing close to God is only possible through Christ. (Matt 11:27, John 3:35 - 36)
There is so much more to unpack. But mainly I think on reading that verse, anyone who is even a little bit honest with himself or herself must immediately think - how true!
When alone or isolated, we will only seek to gratify ourselves, think our own selfish thoughts and fall into a cycle of loneliness and selfishness.