WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
FEBRUARY 07, 2024
TOPIC: BE CAREFUL WHOSE ADVICE YOU SEEK AND FOLLOW
BY T. O. BANSO
“Blessed is the person who does not follow the advice of wicked people” (GOD’S WORD Translation Psalm 1:1a).
Nobody knows everything; a wise person benefits from the wisdom of others. “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others” (Proverbs 12:15 New Living Translation). The New King James Version puts it this way: “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.” Also, Proverbs 26:12 says, “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (New King James Version).
You need the right counsel to succeed in life. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success” (New Living Translation). There’s safety in seeking wise counsel. “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14 New King James Version). But not all counsellors will help you. Not all who offer counsel are dependable. Not all the pieces of advice people give you are right. Therefore, you must be careful with those you seek counsel from. Seek counsel from the right people and be careful with the advice you follow because, ultimately, you’re responsible for the decisions you make. You may blame others for the wrong advice they gave you and the negative consequences, but such blame doesn’t achieve anything.
The elders, who had advised Rehoboam’s father, Solomon, gave Rehoboam a piece of advice that would have established his throne, but he chose to follow the advice of young men like himself. The elders advised him thus: “If you will be a servant to these people today, and serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever” (1 Kings 12:7 New King James Version).
However, Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders and consulted the young men who had grown up with him. They gave him a piece of advice that caused the kingdom to divide: “Thus you should speak to this people who have spoken to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter on us’ — thus you shall say to them: ‘My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist! And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!’” (1 Kings 12:10-11 New King James Version). Unfortunately, Rehoboam followed this counsel, and the kingdom was divided.
Be careful whose advice you seek and follow. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly” (Psalm 1:1a New King James Version). GOD’S WORD Translation puts it like this: “Blessed is the person who does not follow the advice of wicked people.” Thus, not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly means not to follow his advice.
In 2 Samuel 13, Amnon, the oldest son of David would not have died prematurely if he had been careful whose advice he followed. A very crafty man, Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother, counselled him on how to rape his half-sister, Tamar. He followed this counsel and raped Tamar but two years later, Absalom, Tamar’s brother from the same mother, murdered Amnon (verses 23-29). Don’t make sinners your advisers. Don’t seek counsel from the ungodly.
In 1 Samuel 24, if David had listened to the counsel of his men, he would have killed Saul who had been after his life. “Then the men of David said to him, ‘This is the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, that you may do to him as it seems good to you’” (1 Samuel 24:4a New King James Version). There is no record that God told David this. David knew it wasn’t the right thing to do.
1 Samuel 24:6-7a says, “And he said to his men, ‘The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.’ So David restrained his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul” (New King James Version).
David rejected the wrong counsel to kill David even when his men tried to justify it by putting God’s stamp on it! David didn’t order the killing of Saul. His heart troubled him for a corner of Saul’s robe that he cut. You can imagine how he would have felt if he had killed Saul.
In 1 Samuel 26, when another opportunity came for David to kill Saul, Abishai advised him to kill Saul, saying that it was an opportunity God had given him to kill his enemy. “Then Abishai said to David, ‘God has delivered your enemy into your hand this day. Now therefore, please, let me strike him at once with the spear, right to the earth; and I will not have to strike him a second time!’” (1 Samuel 26:8 New King James Version).
However, David rejected this counsel. “But David said to Abishai, ‘Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?’ David said furthermore, “As the Lord lives, the Lord shall strike him, or his day shall come to die, or he shall go out to battle and perish. The Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed. But please, take now the spear and the jug of water that are by his head, and let us go’” (1 Samuel 26:9-11 New King James Version). David did not follow the advice to kill Saul.
Don’t seek counsel from the wrong people. If you do, they will give you the wrong advice which you will regret later if you follow it. Even those you consider the right people may not give you the right advice every time. They are not God; they are human beings. Therefore, while you should seek counsel from the right people, don’t let anyone replace God in your life. Ensure that the advice they give you agrees with the Word of God and that the Holy Spirit confirms to you it is the right advice to follow. Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God (Romans 8:14). For very important decisions, you cannot afford to rush and make decisions without praying on the advice you have received. Be careful whose advice you seek and follow.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, help me to seek advice from the right people and follow the right advice. Deliver me from following the wrong advice. I shall not be misled by wrong advice in Jesus’ name.
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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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