Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Advice from the Wrong Place - Martin Wiles

Find a woman who is a medium, so I can go and ask her what to do. 1 Samuel 28:7 NLT

My wife and I were in a situation we needed to get out from under, but we had no means to merely pick up and leave. Nor did we have anything to leave for. The longer we stayed, the worse things were getting and the more debt we were accumulating.

Since my brother graduated with a business degree and had always been very level headed with financial decisions, I decided to consult him. On one of our visits home, I pulled him aside, gave him the scoop on our situation, gave him the prognosis, and then asked him what he’d do. He suggested a few “outs,” but I’d already tried them and none had worked. The conversation, however, did set the wheels in motion, and we were able to make a clean break. 

King Saul’s repeated disobedience shortly after God appointed him king resulted in the mantel passing to young David. Saul’s arch enemies, the Philistines, had gathered for battle. He was afraid. His guidance counselor, the prophet Samuel, was dead. Who could he get advice from? He decided to visit what he had banned: a medium. 

Advice of all varieties abounds. It always has, but now it’s more prevalent. Through my Smart phone, IPad, or computer, I can find out anything I want to know. Parent, grandparent, school teacher, Sunday School teacher, and pastor’s roles have all been affected. 

Though the number of sources—and the sources themselves, where advice can be obtained has changed, the importance of getting sound advice has not. Advice from others is beneficial when making decisions—especially major ones. 

Our ultimate Source should be God through the practice of prayer and meditation. God will speak to our Spirit if we take time to listen and not do all the talking. Trusted Christian friends who are spiritually mature are also good sources. We can trust their advice will be based on what God’s Word says. Books written by respected Christian leaders and consultations with sound spiritual counselors are other places for appropriate advice. And when both are on the same spiritual journey, spouses should 
certainly be consulted. 

God didn’t create us to be alone. When you need assistance, go to Him first, and then find a trusted source who will give you honest and wise advice. 

Prayer: Father, guide us to You and a sound source when we need life advice. 

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