Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Advice from the Wrong Place - Martin Wiles

advice from the wrong place
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 once faced a situation where we needed to escape, 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 got, and the more debt we accumulated.

I decided to consult my middle brother since he had a business degree and was always level-headed with financial decisions. I gave him the scoop, the prognosis, and the question. He suggested a few “outs,” but I’d already tried them. None had worked. However, our conversation did set the wheels in motion, and we eventually made a clean break.

King Saul’s repeated disobedience shortly after God appointed him king resulted in the mantel passing to young David. Saul’s archenemies, 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 in the kingdom: a medium.

Advice of all varieties abounds—it always has, but now it’s more prevalent. I can find out anything I want to know through my smartphone, iPad, or computer. The roles of parents, grandparents, schoolteachers, Sunday school teachers, and pastors have all been affected.

Although the number of sources—and the sources themselves—from which 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. He advises prayer and meditation. God will speak to our spirit if we take the time to listen and not do all the talking. Trusted Christian friends who are spiritually mature are also good sources. We can trust that their advice will be based on God’s Word. Books written by respected Christian leaders and consultations with sound spiritual counselors are further 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 God first, and then find a trusted source who will give you honest and wise advice.

Father, guide me to you and a sound source when I need life advice. 

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