Book: Proverbs 13
“People who despise advice are asking for trouble; those who respect a command will succeed.”
As I have provided consulting and advice to individuals, couples and organizations it is always a joy to see them take the information, apply it to their situation and then see them succeed. I am more than willing to spend extra time with those who want to advance and maximize their potential by following the advice given. I have seen couples who have been almost bankrupt turn a new page and be wise in the use of their finances. I have seen individuals get a clearer understanding of the vision God has given them personally and succeed in becoming all that God desires them to be. I have worked with organizations that have struggled for years and then with consultation have taken huge steps forward.
One of the most frustrating things in coaching and consulting is when the advice and recommendations are not followed or are only given a half-heartened attempt. The coach or consultant know that this lack of action will be detrimental. It is hard for them to watch their advice and direction be ignored and instead see poor decisions being made.
Each of us have times when we need to request advice from godly skilled people. We actually need each others gifts, skills, experience and abilities. There have been times in my own life I have gone to individuals who I trust and respect for advice. What they have said I have seriously considered and prayed through. They often have seen or understood an aspect that I have not thought about. Their advice has always been very helpful.
God has given us all the greatest book of advice (wisdom) in the world and that is the Bible. When we despise His wisdom and go against it we will run into trouble if not a disaster. On the other hand, when we listen to His advice and obey it, we will be blessed and succeed!