Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 30 Scripture Selection: I Chronicles 19-21
Food for Thought: I Chron. 21:1-7
Most of the biggest mistakes that we have ever made were when we did not consult the Lord first or when we totally disregarded the advice of wise people who had our best interest in mind. The Lord has provided us with a “safety net” and support system precisely for the purpose of steering us when Satan uses his tricks to influence us, but we need to be willing to ask for good counsel and heed it.
The foremost part of our safety net is, of course, God Himself, our Counselor (Isaiah 9:6). He desires to help us all in every situation. In addition, much of the guidance that we would ever need can come straight from the Word of God, as Proverbs 16:20 explains: “He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.” And as another element of our safety net, the Lord has placed godly, wise people in our path to whom we could go to seek good counsel, such as a pastor or a mature brother or sister in Christ whose testimony reflects good choices made in their own lives. (Not just any friend or relative will do. Not everyone will love us enough to tell us the truth, and not everyone has shown great wisdom in the decisions of their own lives. Also, if you cannot identify wise, godly people to go to for counsel, then you are hanging around the wrong people and need to ask the Lord to lead you to people who can be a godly influence in your life.)
It takes humility to be able to seek good counsel and listen to it, but you will be wiser for it (Prov. 19:20). Truly wise people will listen and attain wise counsel (Prov. 1:5), but fools will not. And “Where there is no counsel, the people fall (and plans go awry (Prov. 15:22)); but in the multitude of counselors there is safety (Prov. 11:14).” If David had consulted Gad or the priests or heeded the advice of Joab, he would have avoided a lot of pain and anguish for himself and the thousands of people who were affected by his vain decision. Thankfully, we have a great support system and do not have to make decisions on a whim. The Lord in His infinite wisdom has laid out a strong safety net us for that very purpose.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):