Job 8:13-15 Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless. 14 What he trusts in is fragile; what he relies on is a spider's web. 15 He leans on his web, but it gives way; he clings to it, but it does not hold.
While Bildad the Shuhite wrongly suggested that Job had placed his trust in something other than God, these words still speak truth to us today. Leaning on our own abilities rather than on God is like leaning on a spider web. The question becomes how does one balance learning and self improvement with self dependence? How do we seek to grow our understanding with out leaning on it? I think we continue to grow and learn and improve while knowing our understanding will always be incomplete. The problem lies not in our spiritual and intellectual growth, but in believing that our growth has made us equal to God.
Prov. 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.