“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.