Proverbs Daily Devotionals
Vance Hunter, Pastor of Hospitality & Care Ministries
“A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength; for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.”
Forty years ago I shared with my boss Aaron a bad mistake that I had made and he said, “If you would have told me about this issue I could have helped you.”
Years later I shared with Robert, a godly man who became my mentor, about a situation that I was dealing with. I shared with Robert that I was promoted at work and wanted to get a certain position. Robert asked me, “How do you plan on getting the position you want?” I said, “My supervisors know that I live in that area, so it will be logical for them to select me for that position.” Robert said, “Vance, you should ask them for the position.” Then he explained to me why this was a better way of getting this position.
I did what Robert said and got the position. In case you didn't catch it, the contrast between the two stories is that I talked with Robert about my situation and got his advice as opposed to not talking with my boss Aaron. Now don’t get me wrong, receiving advice from Robert was not the first time I had shared with others about a situation that I was dealing with and received advice, but it was the first time that I recognized the magnitude of godly advice and its impact on my life. It was like a light bulb went off in my head. Since having this experience with Robert I now have many godly advisors.
Proverbs 24:5 and 6 simply tells me that if I want to succeed in life I need to connect with those who know more than I do, listen to what they have to say and follow their advice. The point of Proverbs 24:5 and 6 is that a wise strategy is more important to our success as Christians than our own thoughts and experiences. Therefore, it would be wise for newlyweds to seek out marriage counseling. If a person is having difficulty managing their finances it would greatly benefit them if they followed the advice of a godly financial counselor.
Some other proverbs that encourage readers to seek wise counsel are:
“Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.” Proverbs 11:14
“Prepare plans by consultation, and make war by wise guidance.”
Years after being mentored by Robert I took a test that was designed to reveal my philosophy of life. An area of the test results revealed that I was one who sought out many advisors. At that time I had a support group of colleagues at work, a support group of friends, a support group of family and a support group at church. The evaluator of my test was surprised at how much advice I sought out. He said to me after studying the results of my test, “I see that you seek lots of advice, which I find unusual.”
Now please don't get me wrong, I have received lots and lots of advice that I have not applied to my life but I hope to apply it someday. What about you? Do you seek advice from God’s Word and those who know the Lord? If the answer is no, I challenge you to start today.