Apr 192014


Recently a friend’s daughter asked what I thought about a situation she was in. After I shared with her, I got a cold text from my friend, her mother, telling me to let her and her husband do the parenting.

Whoa! I had to force myself to take a breath. “Where did that come from?” I thought.

First of all I prayed about how to respond and then decided that I would apologize to her in person instead of replying by text.

The next time I saw her I said I was sorry she thought I had overstepped my bounds.

I’d like to tell you that our relationship was restored but the truth is . . . it is not.

So, I decided to take the time to put down why I believe the more, the better.

And, God has so much to say about seeking and taking advice that there is really no question.

“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety,” Proverbs 11:14.

“For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory,” Proverbs 24:6.

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future,” Proverbs 19:20.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear,” Ephesians 4:29.

“Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” And they said to him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him,” 2 Kings 12:6-8.

“The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps,” Proverbs 14:15.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction,” Proverbs 1:7.

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” Luke 14:28.

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice,” Proverbs 12:15.

You see, I thought it was a foregone conclusion.

The more input from wise Christians who are like-minded, share our goals, and care about us . . . the better.


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