Devotion for December 5, 2023

“Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” (Proverbs 13:10)

To win in life, you must become a lifelong learner. And learning requires submission; a quality of character we sometimes think doesn’t apply to us. We think submission is “just for those other people who need to be led”. This is particularly true in our early years when we’re sure that we know it all and use every opportunity to prove it. Reaching for a good adviser requires humility of heart. The truth is, if you’re not teachable, your future is already decided!

The more you think you know, the less likely you are to place yourself under the influence of those who really know and can help you. This is especially true when you view yourself as more capable, passionate, and talented than others around you. The wise always seek counsel. If you’re wise, you will acknowledge your limitations; only a fool believes he or she has none. Only the naive are foolish enough to operate under the assumption that they can make all the right calls without good input. But they can’t.

Here are three Scriptures from the book of Proverbs you need to stop and consider today:

  1. “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice” (Proverbs 12:15).
  2. “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22).
  3. “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise” (Proverbs 19:20).

It’s not just what your adviser knows, it’s what they see that makes them valuable to you. They are extra eyes and ears. Why would you want to live without them?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me appreciate those Godly people who have more wisdom and experience to guide me, no matter what my age is. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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