I couldn’t help overhearing a couple of young ladies walking ahead of me on the sidewalk. The one turned to the other and said, “I used to never hear anybody’s opinion except my own. But now I’m learning to listen to advice…and it’s helping.” As I heard this statement coming from this young woman, I wanted to jump into the conversation and congratulate her for her growth and progress (but I decided just to let them talk). As I look back, I can think of many times in my life when I could have avoided bad decisions had I intentionally sought out advice. The Bible (specifically the Book of Proverbs) is filled with challenges for us to humble ourselves and receive instruction. “Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord” (16:20). “He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray” (10:17). “He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded” (13:13). Life confronts us with many complex situations which require us to make hard choices. The path of wisdom from Proverbs teaches us to seek the Lord and His Word and to surround ourselves with people of godly wisdom. As we do this, our choices are more likely to be profitable and fruitful. A wise teacher from my Bible college days encouraged us not to be afraid to ask questions. After all, how else would we learn what we don’t know? Seeking advice and knowledge beats fear and ignorance! One last proverb: “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (15:22). Who speaks into your life?
Pastor Mark Boucher