“Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” Acts 27:11
Paul had been taken captive as a prisoner and was on board a ship full of prisoners headed to Rome. They stopped at a port and were getting ready to move on. Paul had a feeling from God that they should wait to move on, that if they did, the trip would have a lot of problems. They chose to not listen to Paul and went anyways. Later the ship was destroyed and they were shipwrecked on an island.
When a person needs advice there are instantly a thousand voices ready to offer advice and be heard. People everywhere have an opinion on how things should happen. Most of those people mean well in giving their advice. They are not trying to cause problems or harm.
Some of those people have a lot of experience in the area being dealt with. While others have very little or just book knowledge of experience in that area. Yet, people want to give their opinion and advice on how to deal with the situation.
The problem comes in that most of the world uses advice from a short-term, limited view of the full situation. It is all the person can see in the moment.
Believers can have a longer, more clear view of what is occurring, because God can guide them more perfectly. God sees what is ahead better than any person can see or know on his own.
God had put it in Paul’s spirit that there would be trouble ahead if they continued the journey. Later on there was great trouble and the ship and cargo was lost.
There will be times when you need to know what to do next. You will need advice on how to proceed in life. While it is good to ask advice from friends and people, it is best to seek God’s direction. When you ask of friends, try to make sure it is coming from a Godly perspective and not just the world.
It may make sense to move forward as the world will say, but there will be times God will say stay in place and wait. He sees the storms ahead and is there to protect you.
So who are you getting advice from?
I pray today that you will hear God’s directions in your life; that you will seek God first for all directions; that you will move in the direction God points you; and that you will know the path God has for you.
The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders, he followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.” 1 Kings 12:13-14
Because of Solomon’s following false gods, God was beginning to split the kingdom of Israel. Rehoboam had taken charge as king of the nation and sought out advice on how to rule the people. He first talked to some of the elders and was told to lighten the load on the people. Then he talked with some younger people and was told to make the load even harder on the people. Rehoboam chose to follow the advice of the younger people and made the people work harder. Although Rehoboam had sought advice from both the elders and the younger people, he never sought advice and direction from God.
Seeking advice from other people is nothing new. Everyone has advisors that they go to for different situations in their life or jobs. No one person is an expert in every area of life or a job. A good manager will know where is weak areas are and seek advice in dealing with those areas. A good parent will seek the advice of others in how to work best at raising his children.
As a believer, seeking advice from other people is not completely bad, however, advice should be sought after from God first. Going to God for advice should be the very first thing that a believer does. Who has better wisdom in what to do or not to do than God?
Once a person has sought out God’s advice, he can then go to others. However, the others that he goes to must also be believers in order to get the best possible advice. Those who are not believers will give advice that is contrary to God’s will and ways.
If you need advice, go to God and see what He has to say. As you hear advice from others, line it up against God’s word. Does it line up with what God has said and done in the Bible? Then follow it. If not, then reject that advice.
When you follow God’s advice for your life, you will have God’s favor and hand upon you.
I pray today that you will seek God first for all needed advice; that God will help you know whose advice to follow; that God will give you His direction for your life; and that you will give God’s advice to others as needed.
“I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said, “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go” 1 Kings 2:2-3
As David was about to die, he appoints his son, Solomon, as the next king to take his place. As he does so, David also gives him some advice on being the king. He is to be strong and obey all the commands of God that Moses had given them. Doing this would allow him to be successful in everything he did.
When people are getting ready to pass on leadership to a younger person, they will often give some advice on being the new leader. The reason for passing the leadership could be because the person is stepping down, or about to die, or is just moving on to something different. Regardless of why they are changing the leadership, advice is often given.
The person leaving the position has learned how to do different things and has gone through various challenges. The advice given can be very different for each person and each position. However, as a believer, there is one type of advice that remains the same no matter what the position or the age of the person is. That advice is to obey God in everything He says to do.
This advice can be given to anyone. It can be from a father to a child when the child is moving out as an adult, or from a boss to a worker moving up in position, or just to a friend in life. There is no better advice that can be given.
Think about the advice that you would want to pass on to someone else. It is very easy to come up with many different things depending on the situation the person is in. As a believer, your advice should start out the same as that of David’s. The best advice is to keep their eyes on God and what He wants.
Along with giving that advice, take that advice to heart. You may be searching for advice in some area of your life. Seek God first and find out what He wants you to do. There is no better advice that you can receive in your life.
I pray today that you will know what God wants of you; that you will pass on to others the desire to know and obey God in every area of life; that you will know and give the best advice to those around you; and that you will obey God in all He says.