James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Along about this time of year, I begin to wonder about the decisions and plans I made for the year. Perhaps I’ve not been able to do as much as I thought. Or perhaps the results to date have not been what I expected despite my best efforts. How do I know that what I planned was really what God wanted me doing?
Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
There are people whose advice I trust. These are not just “anybody”. They are people who have known me for a while. They are people whose counsel has been proven in the past. Mostly, they are people who pray.
Proverbs 12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
It is extremely important that we separate those who would counsel us into their proper spheres. There are people who would counsel us so that they can take some of the credit for our worldly successes. They generally are strangely absent when we have flops and failures or discouragements. Or they are the ones who say “I told you so” with a thinly disguise smirk. We need not listen to them.
And there are those who pray, who have our best interest at heart. They are the ones who cheer us on when we have successes in life and who support and buoy us when things do not go well. They are the ones who are here for us at any hour of any day. They are the ones the Lord has put in our lives to help us see his perspective.
Thank you for putting people into our lives who love us, who have our best interest at heart. Help us to discern your voice among the jangle of this world. Grant us the wisdom to know the differences in counselors.
In Jesus’ most precious name.