Most people do not listen to the advice that someone gives. They convince themselves that there is no need to heed the suggestions that another person shares.
Our society teaches us that everything should come to us quickly or easily. We have access to instant food, quick money through credit cards, and miracle cures that should solve all of our problems. When advice is offered to us, we often reject it because of the time aspect necessary to bring about change.
The doctor advises his patient to change his diet, to exercise, and to take a prescribed medicine. Most individuals want the quick fix and decide only to take the medicine.
The teacher advises the student on ways to obtain success and reach potential goals. The students that I know only work as hard as they feel they should. Many students work below their ability level.
Our children are pulled towards an overabundance of negative influences today making parenting is a difficult job. There are great books and many professionals ready to help parents with their skills; however, most parents do not take that good advice.
Friends, relatives, and spouses give advice more often then we’d like, so when we hear unsolicited advice, we tend to reject it.
The bottom line is that we don’t like to receive advice!
The Bible gives us sound advice on how to live. It tells us about God’s salvation plan for those who follow Him. It challenges us to listen to God’s advice so that His wonderful transforming power that can change us for the better.
God encourages men and women to follow His advice in the Word of God. His words:
- Are truth
- Are faithful
- Are filled with God’s love
- Never fail
- Always accomplishes the plan God has for it
- Can miraculously change us to conform to His working in us
Promises: “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” (Proverbs 19:20 ESV) “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. (Proverbs 12:15 ESV)
Partnering with God: Dear Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that I can trust you to give me sound advice according to your Word. There are many advice givers in my life that don’t have godly wisdom for me to follow. Help me to carefully follow suggestions that line up with your truthful guidance that will not fail me. I know that I can trust you to lead and direct me with my whole life. Let me listen carefully to you and obey as lead.