You have an argument with your spouse, or maybe you are feeling confused regarding a potentially monumental decision at your job, or perhaps you are experiencing a personal dilemma, so, you turn to your friends to vent and seek advice so they can lead you to make a good decision.
Well, children of Christ, therein lies your first mistake.
Did you know that Satan is eager, excited and waiting in the wings to destroy you, God’s child, through your choices, and although God purposefully places wise people in your life to help you make solid, sound choices, you must first seek the advice of God. Before you turn to your best friend or make a mad dash to your phone to call a family member, turn to Him about every dilemma, idea or problem you encounter. He is all-knowing and the utmost wise counselor. “As for God, His way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30).
While you may be used to asking your closest friends for advice, you must remember—God loves you, and He knows what is best for your life. Your closest friend may hold your secrets and share fantastic advice, but no one provides more precise, perfect advice than our Lord and Savior. Remember, He numbered the hairs on your head. He created every part of you. He put you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13).
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7).
Drawing near to God for advice may not be your normal practice, but you must not fall into the trap of thinking that you do not have time to talk to God or that He does not have time for your concerns. Rest assured, God is concerned about every thought on your mind and heart, big or small. He cares about every facet of your life, and He wants you to draw close to Him so that He can provide the guidance and wisdom you need and desire.
You may think your friends have all the answers, and they may certainly have a wealth of knowledge or profound wisdom, or perhaps you believe you have all of the answers or the power to derive at every solution. Well, your sense of humility must take the wheel, overriding what you think you and your friends know; you must acknowledge that you are not, in fact, all-knowing. Also, keep in mind that people often share advice based on their experiences, feelings and internal compass. Their experiences, perspective and emotions sway their decision-making skills, and that will put you at a severe disadvantage when seeking quality advice for your life. Instead, take the time to listen to the advice God sends. He does not want you to make shaky and poor choices or decisions that are not faith-based. Faith is not only believing that He exists. Faith is believing He will guide your steps in the right direction. He will not lead you astray.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).