Everywhere I turn, and in most conversations that I have with others, I find that people are more than willing to shell out advice. There’s advice from advertisers that their product will fix my current problem. There’s stories in the media that are slanted one way or another in an attempt to offer solutions to our many ills. The internet is flooded with opinions and subjective answers to the obstructions we face. And, of course, in many of my personal interactions with friends I receive plenty of well meaning input. Don’t know how to fix a problem? No worries, just ask Dear Abby! We all are subject to opinions and advice from others. And, that advice can often conflict from source to source. Even I in my blog posts, offer advice from time to time. I would venture to say that you also have given out advice from time to time, whether or not people have asked for it.
There have been times in my life where I have followed the advice of others, and there have been times where I have rejected another’s well-meaning advice. In fact, there were sometimes that I blindly followed other’s advise and ended up worse off for the effort. I learned the hard way that we are not obligated to follow another person’s advice. I also know that there are people who are so very sure of their advice that after they’ve counseled you, they get insulted when you don’t follow their advice. I’ve seen that in action, and have bore the brunt from people who felt stung when I didn’t do what they advised me to do. With so much conflicting advice floating around, what’s a person to do? Well, here’s my advice – consult the expert.
There is one who knows all, sees all, and is in all. God – the ultimate expert. When making a decision on what you should do, you are welcome to listen to all the advice that you will find in all the sources that you have available. But always be sure to make sure that your coarse of action doesn’t conflict with God’s Word. God’s council is readily available to us as a guideline on how to live our lives. When you become His child, His Holy Spirit lives inside of you and will help direct you in the way of the light and truth. Turn to God for the answers, his Word shows us the path to take. I rest assured that God does, and will always have the correct answer, and that I never have to fear that His advice will lead me in the wrong direction.
“You guide me with your counsel,” (Psalms 73:24a, ESV)
“For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;” (Proverbs 2:6, ESV)
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” (John 16:13, ESV)