Who we choose to take advice from is a pretty important decision. But even if we choose wisely, sometimes even those who are looking out for our best interest might end up giving us bad advice even though they mean well. And we can even hire someone and pay them lots of money for advice, but in the end there is no guarantee that we will get the right advice that we need. So is there anything that we can do to help ensure that we are getting good advice?
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“If this is not so, who can prove me false and reduce my words to nothing?” – Job 24:25
In the book of Job we learn that he goes through severe hardship. And his friends rally around him and do their absolute best to counsel and console him. But even with the best of intentions, they are only able to do as good a job as they humanly can. But as it turns out, some of their counsel was not so good. They suggested that those going through pain must have done something wrong to deserve their suffering. And while this in fact may sometimes be true, that is not necessarily always the case. And in Job’s case, it was not true. Job was as upright and righteous as you could ever get. “Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” – (Job 1:8)
As I think about this from Job’s perspective, having his friends accuse him of deserving the punishment had to be devastating. If you have ever been falsely accused of something, and had a bunch of other people actually drinking the Kool-Aid of that lie, you know what I am talking about. It can be devastating. And to make it worse, Job’s friends falsely accuse him at the absolute worst time when he is already at his lowest. Accusing someone falsely while they are at their lowest is probably one of the worst things that a friend could ever do.
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But what Job does is set a model for what all of us can do while we are going through the storms in our lives. And that is to lean on the Word of God. That is actually a principle that applies not only during the storms, but in any decision that we make during our lives. And when his friends give him their counsel, Job bounces what they say against what the Word of God says, and He decides to not take their counsel. By leaning on the Word of God, Job is able to filter out the bad advice from the good advice.
No matter the circumstance, we can always count on getting the best advice from God our Father, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) And let us not lose sight of the fact that while it is free for us today, it came at a great cost. But someone has already paid that bill for us, and his name is Jesus, our Lord and Savior, Amen!
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. Fill us with your wisdom Lord, and help us to know good counsel Lord. Let us always inspect and filter advice that we receive through your Word alone. Guide our every thought, our every word, our every deed. Fill us with boldness, courage, strength, power, and wisdom Lord. And fill our hearts with peace, and love, and joy. Give us rest Lord. Recharge us, refresh us, restore us, and renew us Lord. We give you all the honor and glory, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
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