Truth Tuesday – Who Do You Run to for Advice?

by Kathy

James 1 5

 

Esther 1:13-21

As I read this passage, I was challenged again to evaluate my actions against the actions of King Xerxes in this story.  Here you have King Xerxes seeking advice from “wise” men on how to handle Queen Vashti’s refusal to come to her husband’s banquet and have her beauty on display for all the men to see.  I have to question how “wise” these men really were.  They seemed to be mostly concerned with their own power and personal interests.  Their advice resulted in the queen being forever removed from her husband’s life.

How often do we do exactly what the king did by running to people for advice when we are having problems, or spill out our frustrations to a friend about someone or something that has upset us?  How often do we run to our friends, instead of running to God in prayer?

Do you ever stop and wonder about why it is so easy to run to a friend first, instead of God?  Do you think that it just feels easier to get advice from a friend?   Have we neglected in learning how to listen for God’s voice and so it’s easier to hear a friend rather than God?  Let me know your thoughts on this by sharing in the comment section!

Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying here.  I’m not saying that it is wrong to seek advice from your friends.  I firmly believe that they can be used of God to come along side of us for guidance and godly accountability.   But, how might it be different if we consistently sought out God first when we need to unburden our heart or gain wisdom?

Pay attention to your conversations this week.  Who do you run to first when you need advice or want to talk about your frustrations?

Here are some Scriptures to encourage you this week in seeking God first for wisdom ~

James 1:5  “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” (NLT)

Psalm 16:7-8  “I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.  I know the Lord is always with me.  I will not be shaken for He is right beside me.” (NLT)

Proverbs 3:5-6  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” (NIV)

Job 6:24a  “Teach me, and I will be quiet.” (NIV)

Have a Grace Full week!!

 

 

 

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