“Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.”Proverbs 11:14 NLT
Most of us if now all of us have grown up receiving advice from our parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents teachers and close friends. These tidbits of advice they have given us are either things that will help us through life avoiding choices they have made, or stones to help us build a solid foundation. It is true that some of the advice they have given is not worth listening but how do you decipher the good advice from the bad advice?
One sure fire way to ensure that the advice you are receiving is good, is to have more then one advisor. If mom and dad are giving the same advice you can trust them. I think back to the Lord of the Rings, the deceiver Wormtongue who had the ear king Theoden and ended up poisoning his mind with his advice to the point that the king was doing everything he said. The knights of the round table were many whose advice the king would have trusted because he had many advisors.
As child we don’t normally get to choose who their advisors are, we accept those in authority and trust they have our best intentions at heart. As adults it is difficult to disserern who has your best intentions at heart. We can pull advice from many different sources then the writer of the proverbs had. Tv, books, internet, social media and even blogs. How do we know that the word that are pointed at us are there to assist in our daily walk for the better?
For one we can see if it aligns with scripture. Checking it out with the good book will strengthen your ability to receive advice in the future. Know what to says gives you a great starting point. Second if it feels like wonky advice, pray about it, don’t jump into the advice ask the Holy Spirit to discern if it is good advice or not. Thirdly find a group of Christian friends you can confide in, having just one close friend is great but many will give you a clearer picture on good advice.
So where are you getting your advice from today? Is it leading you to or from Jesus? I pray that you have many advisors who can help you in your daily walk with God.
Jesus, today I pray that if we are receiving bad advice that you help us change our pattern of accepting advice. If we don’t have a group of advisors we can trust, I pray that you will help us establish a group of friends who can help us with receiving God advice. Show us in your word what constitutes good advice and what is wrong. Let us be able to advise others on making good godly choices. Let us see the world they way you do, that you love them. We want to reach the lost for your glory, so that none will perish because of bad advice. Amen