WHY DO YOU NEED TO SEEK ADVICE?

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“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” (Proverbs 15:22 NIV)

You need to seek advice to see all the angles.  Seeing a situation from different viewpoints isn’t easy, but necessary to find the truth. 

My husband and I were camping in Illinois.  We spent the night at  Rest Up Camping and RV Corral.  The campground looks like an old western town.  When you view the front of the buildings, they appear two stories tall.  However, when you see the buildings from behind, you realize, they are false fronts.  The buildings are single story dwellings with a tall front to make them look larger than they are.  In order to understand the full picture, you have to look at it from all angles.  When you view a situation from all angles, you learn the truth.  We learned the buildings were fake.  Seeking counsel from others reveals the lies you’re believing.  In the quest for truth, counsel from others is needed.  Wise advice in your life, helps you see the truth.

Wise advice in your life, helps you see the truth.

Lying to ourselves is easy to do.  We believe a lie without realizing it.  For instance, my husband and I were golfing one day.  My husband texted a friend and his wife to join us.  They never returned the text.  However, when we were on the third hole, we saw them two holes behind us.  My husband immediately assumed we had done something to offend them.  He had no idea what, but for the next 12 hours, my husband fretted.  He automatically assumed the worst.  The truth was nothing like he thought.  His friend had responded to the text.  However, my husband had a new phone.  The response to the text went to his old phone,not the new one.  One glitch in communication caused my husband to believe a lie.  He jumped to a conclusion based on his own perspective that wasn’t true.

We have limited vision of the circumstances in our lives:

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV)

While on earth, we have two options for expanding our view.  We seek God and ask for Him to reveal His truth.  We seek counsel from others who are trustworthy.  Discernment is necessary to receive wise counsel.  Ask those who will tell the truth in love.  People who tell you what you want to hear are not wise counsel.  Choose wisely whose advice you accept.  As my mother said, “Consider the source.”  In other words, if you’re seeking God’s truth, don’t ask an atheist for advice.  Seek wise counsel, from a trusted source, your plans will succeed.

Question of the Day:

Are you seeking wise counsel in your life?

Further Reading: 1 Samuel 26:1-28:25 NIV, John 11:1-54 NIV, Psalm 117:1-2 NIV, Proverbs 15:22-23 NIV

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