Book: Proverbs 8
“My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it.”
Through social media today we are bombarded with so many different opinions, views and even advice. The temptation is to accept the view that most people agree with or the one that is articulated best. Very little thought is often given to the motivation, belief system or world view that is behind it. As well very little consideration is given to what God might say about it. In Isaiah 8 it says, “…But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance? …Look to God’s instruction and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark.”
Many people struggle with the concept of “absolute truth” which comes from God as it applies to their lives. He has given advice and wisdom that is perfect and pure. He is even willing to help implement it. But God also has given people the choice to receive it or reject it. Pride denies God’s absolute truth and leads away from perfect wholesome wisdom. On the other hand, acknowledging and acting on God’s absolute truth leads towards a deeper intimacy with the Creator.
In Psalm 12:6 (NIV) it says, “…the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.” The writer takes the extra step to show how pure and flawless God’s word is. Since the number seven is seen in scripture as “completeness and perfection”, he compares Gods words as silver that has gone through all the testing, seven times over removing any impurities. It is 100% pure and reliable in every situation.
Take time today to thank God for His wholesome, pure and perfect advice that He has given us. If you are needing advice, first go to God and ask for it. Allow His words to speak into the situation.