May 20 - Godly Advice Is Vital for Success

By Barbara Lighthizer

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 15:22

Central Thought: We need help to make good decisions.

    Our plans may fail because we don't ask advice before proceeding to implement them. In our youth we made quick decisions, believing we knew all of the answers without giving thought to the consequences of our choices. Hopefully, as we mature we see the value of another person's point of view. It's always easier to listen to counsel we seek than to unsolicited advice.

    The Lord tells us the importance of asking counsel from more than one person. We pray for guidance and expect the Lord to give us clear direction. However, Scripture tells us His leading may very well come through the advice of others. What we hear may not please us, but godly input can keep us from making major mistakes.

    We may feel we know what is best for our lives, which makes asking for advice one of the most difficult lessons the Bible teaches. As we study God's Word, we will start to learn these instructions are for our own good. The Lord wants our plans to succeed, but He knows our pride can hinder us from seeing the flaws in our decisions and cause us to resist considering other options. We should continue to pray and weigh all the advice in light of our individual situations.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, take away my reluctance to ask for counsel and help me to receive what advisers say without anger or hurt. Please show me how to sift out good from bad advice.

Today's Bible Reading: I Samuel 26:1-28:25; John 11:1-53; Psalm 117:1-2; Proverbs 15:22-23