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There's abundant grace for godly advice when we seek them and associate with others who are living in God's Word. With wise counsel, we can have a 'God-centered view' of the world. Godly advice keeps us far from all kinds of opinion and advice that may look right in our natural eyes, but not God's will.

Reference: Proverbs 12:15 New International Version (NIV) 'The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.'

God leads us through godly advice. When we listen to godly advice or counsel, we get things done easily and effectively. For instance, Moses tried to do every task involved in his duty as a judge, by himself, until his father in-law, Jethro, came visiting and advised him how to manage his duty responsibly, by giving him an intelligible set of directions. In Exodus 18:17 (CEV), Jethro replied Moses: That isn't the best way to do it. You and the people who come to you will soon be worn out. The job is too much for one person; you can't do it alone.

Jethro advised Moses to appoint and delegate responsibility to capable leaders who could share the load of his duty with him. Moses adhered well to his father-in law's wise counsel and did everything he advised him (see Exodus 18:24 NIV). Hence, Moses' burden was reduced, and Israel made it successfully to the Promised land.

Many a time, God can speak to you directly and reveal what He wants you to do. That's godly counsel and it can come through the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit. Remember as a Christian, when you are in tune with the Holy Spirit's guidance, God will give you the desire to do His will, which is revealed in your spirit by the Holy Spirit. He will also give you the power to carry it out. No wonder Philippians 2:13 (NLT) says, 'For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.'

Some other times, God can speak to you through godly relationships. He can convey wise and seasoned counsel through people alongside you. If you are shrewd and discernible enough, you will flow in the direction of their wise counsel. You may look good at your moment but wise counsel will always make you better, wiser and more relevant, when applied. In other words, its not enough to receive godly advice, you must put it to work to get the best out of it.

In addition to acting on advice from people close to you, make sure you confirm with God afterwards even if they are trustworthy counsellors and persons with the Spirit of God. Remember, David always inquired of the Lord, above every other personality. Good leaders can also be trusted, especially leaders who seek God's face genuinely and have a large heart for people around them. They would normally stay objective, listen to you carefully, and answer you slowly. Sometimes, they will sleep over it, pray about it and think over it, before they give you their wise counsel. Don't take such people for granted, if you have them.

All in, God is our best counsellor. He is our Father in heaven. And as a Father, He will not allow His children to get into trouble or be stuck in their endeavours, just as any reasonable parent will never wish evil for their biological children. Therefore pay attention to wise counsels. They matter a lot. If you develop an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit, you will always recognise His inner counsel and act on godly advice. He is our best counsellor.

John 14:26 (AMP) reads, 'But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor- Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.'

Scripture Reading - Psalm 1:1-2; Proverbs 11:14; Exodus 18:19; Proverbs 19:20-21; Psalm 33:11; 2 Timothy 3:16.

Guided Prayer: Gracious Father, you are the God of wise counsel. By your Spirit, I'm positioned to think in line with your perspective, and always act out of a heart that follows you. I dedicate myself to godly counsels, and alter any mindset based on worldly opinions or natural feelings. Thank you for your wisdom and discernment at work in me, and the ability to recognize and follow wise instructions when I receive them, in Jesus' Name, Amen!


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