The question is this. Which advice should we take? We are all happy to offer well-meaning suggestions on how other people should live.
Remember yesterday’s devotional?
But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him. (1 Kings 12:8a, NIV)
Think on this.
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice. (Proverbs 27:9, NIV)
Remember what happened in Acts 27?
But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship. After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. (Acts 27:11, 21, NIV)
Common sense may have told the centurion to ignore the weather and listen to Paul but fear for his job made him choose the advice of the pilot and the man who owned the ship. Years of sailing must have told him they were wrong and yet he followed them.
What do you do when your leader is telling you one thing and your heart is telling you another?
And do you know who your leader really is? (I hope you know the right answer is God).
Prayer- Lord, give us ears to hear the right words. Amen.