Book: Proverbs 15
“Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.”
When making plans it is important to take the necessary time to deliberate with wise counsel before taking action. Going alone based on one’s own wisdom will most likely bring great disappointment. So why do we shy away from asking for help? Why do we not go to those who can help? Why do we believe we don’t need help?
There are many reasons why advice is not asked for. Sometimes it is a pride issue such as, “I want to do it on my own” or “ I know what I am doing and don’t need to be told what to do.” Pride trips us up. If we would set pride aside, wait before taking action to first ask those who will give helpful advice, then costly unnecessary mistakes would not have to be made.
Plans are sometimes acted upon because the person has already made up their mind they are going to do it and it doesn’t matter what others say. This is like putting a blindfold on and walking along a path with steep cliffs on both sides dropping down hundreds of feet. Consideration has not been given to the risks and how to negate them. Advisers would be able to communicate when and where the safest place to walk is. Safety nets could be put in place to protect them if they lose their balance.
My mentors have spoken into my life and given me advice especially during times of transition. They themselves had experienced life changes that drew them close to the Lord. These men new God’s word and spoke them to me. I remember one time when these men gave me wise advice, each separately, without the other knowing, and it was the same. It was advice with regards to my plan that I had not thought about or considered. I took time to deliberate over their thoughts, took it to the Lord in prayer, and acted on it. Listening to their advice was truly wisdom from on high. It saved me from much pain and suffering that I didn’t even know was waiting for me. I am so grateful to God for those who have coached, mentored and given advice.
My son will be heading off on a mission trip to an area that requires some immunization against some pretty nasty diseases. Wisely, he asked my wife, who is a pharmacist, what shots he would need to have before traveling. She was able to let him know what he needed and when they needed to be taken by so that he would get full protection from them. She also was able to administer the shots to him. He also got advice on booking flights, culture protocol, and what to bring with him.
I encourage you to have mentors and coaches in your life who can give you advice. Take time before the Lord to ask who He wants to speak into your life.