This verse is really a no-brainer. It’s the kind of wise saying we all heard from adults as we were growing up. It’s the kind of thing we tell our kids and anyone else we know who is struggling.
When we finally decide to “listen to advice” – good advice is really preferable here! – and “accept instruction” – think discipline here – we will wind up a “wise” person. We really can begin thinking differently and start becoming a different person. But it isn’t magic, just the result of listening to others and accepting some discipline in our lives.
Of course, we will still have to make our own decisions – but there’s a better way than how we’ve been doing it. We should still be listening to God, but we may really be surprised at how well He will use other people to help show us the way.