On a recent trip to the lake, Tippy (my black and white beagle) discovered a wasp. As it buzzed around her head, she snapped at it. I warned her that she didn't want to do that. Still, even as the wasp flew away from her, she was determined to follow it, to sniff it, to "play" with it. Over and over I warned her to leave it alone. Why? Because I knew something she didn't. I knew that when that wasp got tired of its game, it was going to sting. But when Tippy refused my warnings time and time again, I said, "Fine! Play with the wasp, but you'll regret it."
Sound familiar in your life? I know it does in mine. How often have I disregarded the Lord's warnings and regretted it? Time and again I receive warnings from the Lord. Why? Because He knows what I don't. He can see where my current path will lead me. But instead of heeding His warning, I, like Tippy, decide that I want to do my own thing. Thankfully, Tippy didn't get stung that day; however, I can't say the same about me. I've been "stung" more times than I can count, and all because I didn't heed the warning of the Master.
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. - Isaiah 30:20-21