“Don’t tell me what to do. I have a brain you know. I can think for myself;
I don’t need you hovering over me examining every detail of my existence to fit your perfect schedule.
If I wanted a boss I would get a job.”
Sound like anyone you know?
The art of unsolicited advice is often unwelcome and resented.
There are certain people, who just can’t seem to help themselves with giving directions, ordering the cleaning of the toilet done their way or standing over your shoulder while you are cooking.
God gave us unique qualities. We all have our own ways of cooking pot roast, driving to the store or cleaning the house.
Just because we may not cook like Paula Deen or Emeril doesn’t make us wrong.
Just because we don’t drive like Danica Patrick doesn’t mean we don’t know how to get to the store.
Thank the good Lord we are not all alike. God knew that wouldn’t work. Can you imagine everyone cooking pot roast the same?
Now we need good counsel from time to time; even the Bible says that.
Proverbs 11:14 “Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
The key is to get advice from Godly people who live by the word of God. But what about the person who knows everything and intends on sharing even when it is unwanted?
The Bible addresses that also.
Proverbs 12:5 “The thoughts of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.”
Proverbs 16:22 “Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.”
In other words, don’t listen to a fool. Or one who claims over and over to be Albert Einstein’s nephew.
Studying the Bible is the best avenue for counsel. Allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you is the best learning tool available to mankind.
John 16:13 “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
Jesus wasn’t one to go around telling people how to cook and clean or give driving directions. He did make a pretty good bread and fish dinner ASAP for a multitude of people. He also had a special family recipe for turning water into wine at weddings. But he had better lessons to teach such as:
Jesus is our best example as far as giving advice, taking advice and knowing when to be silent. He didn’t seek people out to control them or give them step by step directions on the latest “how to do” anything. That doesn’t mean he isn’t interested in every area of our lives: he is, but sometimes he chooses to wait for us to ask him when we need help.
The best guide is the Holy Spirit along with knowing the word of God. The Holy Spirit convicts us when we are chopping the tomatoes incorrectly or if we are driving down the wrong road.
Do you think God has an open door policy for advice?
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