Something people freely give if you want it or not. How do you know when to take it or when to leave it? I struggle knowing which is which. I beg God for guidance. I beg him for wisdom. I beg him to speak. I lay out a fleece in expectant hope that he will make it clear to me what to do! But, what if he already has, what if I missed him because I didn’t want the advice from another person! The Word says, “A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.” (Proverbs 14:15) How do I tell if I should believe what is spoken to me and what I should be prudent in scrutinizing? I’m lost in a place where I don’t want to move until God moves me, and I desperately need him to move me!!
“The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” – Proverbs 12:15
Sometimes I get in my flesh and think I can figure it out on my own! I get bull-headed about my relationship with God and just want to hear straight from him. And then I remember, there are actually very few times in the bible that God spoke directly to people! He used angles and prophets to teach, and warn, and uplift. He liked to use others to speak for Him! (Thank you Lord for those people!) I desperately want to hear God; through any and every means possible. I want to feel the Holy Spirit and see the Holy Spirit moving. But, my flesh is louder than my spirit sometimes.
“The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge come easily to the discerning.” – Proverbs 14:6
I’ve mocked wisdom that was given in love, and dismissed it as miss-given information. If I was already doing what they were telling me to do then they must have missed it, not me. But, my spirit was checked, and I began to ask God to humble my emotions so that I did not miss what He was trying to tell me, even if it came through someone else.
“Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.” – Proverbs 19:20
I’ve begged God for the wisdom of Solomon, only to realize that with every blessing or promise comes responsibility. I need to do my part, what God tells me to do in His Word, and then my obedience opens the door for God to move on my behalf. He tells me if I want to be wise and know what to do then I need to ‘listen’ and ‘accept’ the advice!
“Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
So, I humble my self, accept advice, and trust in the Lord to have His hand upon my life and His love wrapped around my soul. I desperately need Him to make my path straight so I trust Him and stop leaning upon my own fleshly understanding.
“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.” – Proverbs 11:14
Being surround by so many advisors is sometimes overwhelming. Each on has their own advise to give, but when they come together and say much of the same thing you have to question the source. This could very well be the Lord speaking through them and I must humble myself and listen and pray and listen and pray and act on that which the Holy Spirit within me bears witness too. Something King Rehoboam didn’t do. In 1 Kings 12: 6-8 we read where King Rehoboam took the council of many. On one side where the old men that counseled his father and on the other the young men he grew up with. It doesn’t say if they were godly and wise men but it does say he didn’t listen to the older counsel but instead listened to the less experience younger counsel and things turned out very poorly.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scorers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;…” – Psalm 1:1-6
I know I must surround myself with godly people who delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it always. And when their advice comes, that I am humble in spirit and body that I may heed that advice and act on it!
“For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” – Proverbs 24:6