Nudges | People Nudges | Advice of the Wicked
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, stand with sinners, or join with mockers. Ps 1:1
Sure, the guys at work had foul mouths. A couple of them were cheating on their wives and one had gotten very creative with his expense report. But overall, they were fun people and always ready to give advice when Ted needed it. But it was strange that their advice never seemed to work very well. In fact, Ted noticed that his marriage had gotten worse, his finances were screaming for help, and he was more depressed than he’d ever been. He’d stopped going to church; the guys showed him how pointless it was. He wasn’t even sure where his Bible was, but he had lots of people counseling him. Why wasn’t it helping?
It wasn’t helping because the blind can’t lead the blind. If you needed financial advice, would you consult a beggar? If you needed help with your marriage, would you ask your aunt who’d had five husbands? Wise people are selective about the voices that speak into their lives. Everyone has a right to an opinion, however not all opinions are equally valid. Our job is to filter all opinions (including our own) and follow only the ones validated by truth. If we want to live godly lives, we hang around godly people, if we need financial advice, we consult those who manage money well. If we need direction, we stay in God’s word. Proverbs 13:20 tells us that when we “walk with the wise, we become wise. But the companion of fools suffers harm.”
Final Thought: Are you carefully filtering the opinions bombarding you from friends, family, TV, and social media?
Prayer: Father, help me develop a good filter for the opinions around me. Everyone wants to tell me what to do, but if I’m going to follow you, it is your counsel I need. Teach me to ignore advice that is not based on your word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.