Day 247

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1 Chronicles 8:29-9:1; Daniel 4:1-37; Ezekiel 40:1-37

Jayme Thompson, Director of Elementary Ministries
Specifically Daniel 4:27

There are times in our lives when we need to seek the help and advice of others. Situations will come our way that we may not understand or that we may not have experience with, and we need others to speak into them. Wise counsel is a needed and worthy avenue to pursue when faced with a problem or the unknown.

I am so incredibly thankful for the wise people God has put in my life at just the right time to guide me, encourage me and challenge me in difficult times. I can also look back and see the damage that I have done to myself when I have not taken the wise advice of others, or sought out advice from someone I shouldn’t have. God gave King Nebuchadnezzar fair warning of what was to come if he continued on his path of pride and wickedness. He brought a trusted advisor into the king’s life to help him see what the future would hold. The king did not heed the warning or listen to the advice given and endured seven years of despair because of it.

Who are the people you seek out when challenges come your way? When you seek advice, are you looking for genuine advice or are you looking for affirmation of your own desires? When seeking wise advice and counsel here are a few things to think about:
Have you prayerfully brought this to God and asked for his guidance first? Sometimes we run to others and forget to run to God when troubles come our way.
Does this person hold the same values and beliefs you do? If you are seeking Godly wisdom and advice, then someone whose values and beliefs are different from your own may not understand or give you wise advice.
Is your heart open to receiving whatever advice they may give? Sometimes we seek the advice of others with the intention of doing what we wanted anyway, so be sure to check your motives when seeking others out.

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2 responses »

  1. Thanks Jayme,
    We can also seek truth and wisdom to speak into our life situation in the Bible. We must however, search with an open mind and be willing to be married to the answer we find.

    Sometimes we search for the answer we want to find and we adjust the truth to fit our need to rationalize something we know we shouldn’t be doing. The same goes with advice, if we ask enough people we will eventually get the answer we want to hear.

    We must consider the source and prayerfully move forward. If we surround ourselves with Godly people we will have a much better chance of getting Godly advice. People that genuinely care about us will keep us in check and accountable for our actions & the Holy Spirit within will convict us to steer us in the right direction.

    Proverbs 19:20
    Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.

    Proverbs 15:31-33
    He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise. He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.

  2. Almighty God, You promised and granted restoration to Nebuchadnezzar when he acknowledged that You rule, that You are the Most High, that You alone are sovereign and are worthy of praise and honor. He acknowledged that everything You do is right and just. Thank you, Father, that when we approach you with humility and openness, You are faithful to receive us, to answer, and to restore us. You break our pride in order to build us up in You. There is no God like You.

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