Advice About Advice
For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
Don’t believe everything you read, because many people with strong opinions are simply wrong. Take John B. Watson, for example. He was an American psychologist who established the psychological school of behaviorism. Watson wrote extensively about child rearing, and his advice was widely practiced in the 1920s. But today, with the passing of time, his approach is considered patently wrong. He said: “Never hug and kiss (children), never let them sit in your lap. If you must, kiss them once on the forehead when they say good night. Shake hands with them in the morning.” Our Lord’s approach was so much better as He took the little children in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them (Mark 10:16).
The Bible’s words are infallible, and Scripture gives us unfailing advice. As a result, those who love and ponder the Bible are more apt to give seasoned and sound advice. But no human being is infallible. So if you need counsel or advice concerning some issue in your life, ask your friends for counsel—then measure their words by the Bible itself. As you do so, the Lord will give you the needed wisdom.
As we trust God to give us wisdom for today’s decisions, He will lead us a step at a time into what He wants us to be doing in the future.
~ Dr. David Jeremiah ~