Guidance 3

'The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.' Proverbs 12:15 NIV

Sometimes God uses people to advise and guide us. Moses experienced this. Instead of getting help, he tried to do it all himself. At that point his father-in-law, Jethro, said to him, 'What you are doing is not good' (Exodus 18:17 NIV). Then he told Moses to delegate responsibility to capable leaders who could share the load with him. 'Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said' (Exodus 18:24 NIV). As a result, Moses' problem was solved, and Israel made it successfully to the Promised Land.

God brings the right people to you at the right time. People to advise, encourage and inspire you. We need to learn to recognise them and be humble enough to listen to their wisdom, and then put it into action. But we also need to learn to work out when we're listening to the wrong people: people who are not giving godly advice and leading us away from God and his plans for us. We can work that out by letting those who are trustworthy, objective, good at listening to us and who answer prayerfully, speak into our lives. And we can be praying too. We can ask God to send the right people to help us and we can pray about whether the advice we're being given is advice we should be implementing.

Let's be open to the people God sends into our lives to help guide us.

So what now? Is there someone who's given you great godly advice recently? Do something to thank them today.

Soulfood: Gen 32-34 Jn 16:1-18 Ps 130 Pro 31:28-31,

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