“Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”
I didn’t know where to turn, what to think or what to do. My emotions were running high, and I feared they were getting in the way of making wise decisions ….
Over the past several weeks of dealing with a difficult circumstance, a few of them actually; I’ve received a lot of godly counsel from beloved friends. Yet, I found it hard to heed their good suggestions at times, because my feelings seemed to be in control of my thoughts. Anyone else ever felt this way?
Recognizing this struggle going on within, I bowed my head and I prayed:
“Lord, please help me see with eyes that are wise and not blurred with my overwhelming emotions. Help me act and react with a heart that follows You alone. Help me to think with a holy perspective and not a mindset based on my own opinions and feelings. Give me wisdom and discernment and favor me with the ability to recognize and follow wise instruction and godly counsel when I receive it” …..
I opened my eyes and reached for my bible, and immediately came across today’s key verses found in Proverbs ….
“Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” ….
My heart quickened at the thought of God whispering the comforting answer I had just prayed for. I sensed His assurance that it was okay to accept and trust wise advice that aligned with Scripture, because His plans and purposes would always prevail even if my decisions weren’t always completely perfect. ….
I can’t tell you how heart warming it is to know the Master has not only heard you, but has spoken an answer directly to your heart’s plea; and better yet, you heard it!
“The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; His ears are open to their cries for help.” (Psalms 34:15).
As the primary author of Proverbs, King Solomon obviously grasped the importance of listening to the advice of trusted, God-fearing believers. The book of Proverbs gives us many numerous wise instructions and advice for living an effective and faith-filled life based on the authority and direction of God. He even referred to the passages in this book as the “sayings of the wise” (Proverbs 24:23).
Obviously my first place for wisdom and guidance is God’s Word and prayer, and I have been anxiously seeking His direction for a couple of weeks, but there’s been an almost urgency recently. But as I read this verse, I felt prompted to ponder all the people who’d offered me loving wisdom ….
I thought about their relationships with the Lord, and how much I respected their faith and advice that was always laced with holy truth and love. I suddenly realized these people had been divinely designated in my life long before I needed them; many to be the voice of the wise during my trials. ….
With grateful humility, I bowed my head again to pray, intentionally thanking God for all the people who continually poured wise instruction into my heart and seeking discernment about the best advice to follow …
God sends people into our lives for many reasons, and in many cases, it is in response to a need we have; whether it’s now, or yet to come. And no relationship happens in the Kingdom of God by circumstance or without reason; whether it’s to provide friendship, help us through a season of difficulty, teach us a lesson, provide wisdom, or simply inspire us to stand strong in our faith when we feel weak and unsure ….
I have learned that absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake or by accident. Everything is part of His divine plans and purpose for us ….
Throughout Scripture we are instructed to choose our friends wisely, because with godly friends comes godly wisdom; and just when we need it most ….
“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.” (Proverbs 9:10-12)
“The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.” (Proverbs 12:26)
“People who despise advice are asking for trouble; those who respect a command will succeed.” (Proverbs 13:13)
“The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death.” (Proverbs 13:14)
“Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” (Proverbs 13:20)
In summary; a good tidbit of wisdom to close with, that some may not be aware of is this: there are exactly 31 chapters in Proverbs. That’s one chapter for every day of the month. Tell me we don’t serve a wise God! And if you read an entire chapter every day, you will begin to grow, and not only in knowledge, but in wisdom.
And do you know how you can tell that you’re growing? Each month as you return to read the chapter again; you will find that your interpretation has changed; deepened. You’ll know the scripture, but suddenly it has taken on a whole new meaning …
I have been doing this for almost three years, and some days, like today; I’m like: “how did I miss that?” and you will begin to receive revelation to God’s truth in a whole new way with new eyes as your wisdom and understanding grow. Let this week be a new starting point for you. Prepare your hearts and minds with prayer, and on Thursday the 1st, begin a new regimen of adding wisdom to your devotional time. Then just watch as you begin to grow by leaps and bounds …..
Let us pray ~
Lord, I thank You for the many people that You have divinely placed in my life who speak holy truth, love, and words of wisdom into my life. Please continue to give me a heart of discernment to know when You are using someone to speak life and instruction into my heart and my circumstances. Please give me the strength and the courage to obey and follow through with that advice, even if I don’t understand and it seems impossible. Please fill me with Your peace that passes all understanding, knowing that even should I stumble, Your purpose will prevail. In Jesus name, Amen …