Thursday, July 24, 2014

God's Guidance

The last blog post was about some of the Kings of Israel and Judah drifting away from the Lord.  Many started out right, and sought God’s guidance at first, but as time went on, they followed their own ways. Some even listened to their advisors instead of God.  

At times, we all are tempted to lean more on other people’s advice instead of seeking God for the answer.  I’m not saying talking to others when making decisions is wrong.  If you are confused and really don’t feel you can hear from God, seeking the advice of those closest to you can help you sort out what God is trying to say.   

The Bible says in Proverbs 11:14, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisors.”  God did make us a part of the body of Christ, and sometimes we need to look at things from different angles.    Seeking advice from friends or counselors helps us see things from other perspectives.

Here are some questions to ask when seeking advice from others to make sure you stay on track:

·               Why am I seeking this person’s advice? 

·               Am I seeking this person instead of God?

·               Will this person help me discern the voice of God for this situation?

·               Am I going to this person because I know they will tell me what I want to hear?

·               Does this person seek God him/herself?

·               Does the answer line up with the Word of God?

·               Is the advice a confirmation of what I have felt God was leading me to?

According to Proverbs 25:11, "Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket."

At times, the person you go to for advice doesn't even have to say a thing.  Just by processing everything out loud, the answer becomes apparent.

In the end, the goal is to just make decisions based on God's plan for us.  We will be much more at peace as we follow His ways.


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