May 15, 2017

Trusted Advisers

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 15, 2017

For waging war you need guidance and for victory many advisers. Proverbs 24:6

It takes time to get godly advice, but it saves you time in the long run. We are in a battle for our faith, our families, and our finances, so we are wise to engage wise counselors. These are men and women who are not perfect, but who have learned from their mistakes and who know how to process life with a principled paradigm. Godly guidance is a gift that keeps on giving. You pay it forward to friends and family who benefit as well.

Who do you have in your life that holds you accountable to behave from a Biblical baseline? Who speaks to your spirit with words crafted in prayer and produced from a pure heart? If we are to engage the enemy effectively we need many advisers with credible answers. As you ask, listen for a theme in their counsel. This is the truth to follow. You will foresee the dangers and discern the advantages. Wise counsel wins out.

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish” (Luke 14:28-30).

Godly guidance gives you the grace to go far by faith. Your growth in grace allows you to understand what’s best. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen” (2 Peter 3:18). Insight from others is an instrument they acquire from their intimacy with Christ. Go to those who have been with Jesus and you will hear from Jesus. He speaks through prayerful people.

Moreover, request people you respect to pray for you to gain God’s perspective, “We have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9). God’s guidance gives you everything you need to move forward by faith. There is victory in Jesus, so engage in spiritual warfare with your Savior and His advisers.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, lead me to those who love You and Your word for their godly advice.

Application

Whom can I seek out for wisdom and guidance? Am I listening with a humble heart to wise advisors?

Related Reading

Proverbs 11:14; 15:22; Luke 14:31; 1 Timothy 6:11-12

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Comments

  1. Rebecca Manecke says:

    Your multifaceted approach to a devotion is exceptional. Thank you!

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Rebecca,
      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. Please know that I pass them along to Boyd. I took a moment to think about your comment, pondering on Boyd’s “multifaceted approach” to his devotionals.
      The Holy Spirit guides and directs Boyd as he writes these devotionals so that the words will reach His children who need to hear them. I praise God for that! When reading “Trusted Advisors”, I was struck with the wisdom that is meant for all of us, young and old. We give God all of the Glory!

      So many statements are “guardrails” to preventing a crisis in our lives and in the lives of our families, friends and coworkers:

      “We are in a battle for our faith, our families, and our finances, so we are wise to engage wise counselors.” Yes, truly we ARE in a battle everyday!

      “Who do you have in your life that holds you accountable to behave from a Biblical baseline?” If you have n one, start praying for that person to come into your life.

      “Godly guidance gives you the grace to go far by faith. Your growth in grace allows you to understand what is best.” Thank you, Father, for that gift of grace!

      We are grateful for you, Rebecca, and look forward to hearing from you again. We appreciate you taking the time to contact us.
      May God bless you,
      Gwynne
      “But I trust in you, O Lord: I say, “You are my God.”
      Psalm 31:14


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