Getting The Right Advice

We all have times when we need advice. But almost as important as the decision you are making is that you get your advice from the right sources. In I Kings 22, Jehoshaphat and Ahab were about to go to war with the King of Aram, and they were getting counsel (advice) from the prophets. What unfolded should serve as an example for us when we are seeking advice:

Verse 6 says that the King of Israel gathered 400 of “the prophets” and they said “Go up, for The Lord will give it into the hand of the king.” Their verdict was unanimous: do it and you will prosper.

But in verse 7, King Jehoshapat, a godly king, asked: “Is there not yet a prophet of YHWH here that we may inquire of Him?” This was an important question, and teaches us a couple of important things about the advice we seek:

— It is not just important that you get “advice” — but that your advice comes from the right sources. Jehoshaphat was not content with merely having the approval of the 400 “prophets” — he wanted someone who knew Yahweh, the God of Israel, the God of the Bible, to instruct and advise him. We need to follow his example. A lot of people will give you “advice” — but don’t settle for that. Get counsel from someone who really knows God, and who will give you advice based on His word.

— We are also reminded here that the majority opinion is not always the correct opinion. “What everyone says” is not always right. In fact, in spiritual matters, you can almost count on it to be WRONG! 400 prophets in I Kings 22 gave their advice to the kings — and it was wrong. Most of the 12 spies from the Promised Land didn’t think the people of Israel should attempt to conquer the land. Only two believed they should. The majority were wrong. They usually are.

Thus when you are seeking advice, don’t just look for the consensus opinion, and don’t just get it from anywhere. Better to find one person who knows Yahweh, the God of the Bible, through His Son Jesus Christ, and who will instruct you from His word, than a thousand who merely share their own personal opinions.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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