The men’s group that I meet with at church has been studying and memorizing scripture lately. The verse that we are working on for this week is Proverbs 15:22. I had a few thoughts so I’m sharing them here:
Proverbs 15:22 – Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.
I’m assuming that there’s an implied notion that those you seek advice from are worthy of giving it; meaning that if we seek the advice of fools, we can only expect foolish advice. It seems simple enough, but what if you seek the advice of someone who is very wise and has a negative disposition? How, then, will that affect the advice they give?
I think that ALL advice has it’s place in the plans we make; be it from fools, or the wise, or even a child. ESPECIALLY children. They are considered as “the least of these” and seem to have an unobstructed view of God. They think simply and answer directly when asked a question. Some of their answers may be way off base, but sometimes, they hit the nail right on the head.
A few months ago my car broke down on a very busy street, right in front of the Chick-fil-A. The car had accelerated enough to get me turned from the cross street on to the main road and then just died. I was pressing the gas, but nothing was happening. This was a Saturday morning at about 11am and traffic was thick! Immediately, I tried using my cell phone to call for help. As I was calling, cars were flying by, honking repeatedly and screaming words of the four-letter persuasion. I was scared that if Grayson and I didn’t get out of the car immediately, then our lives could be in danger. After my first phone call, Grayson stopped me and asked “Daddy, what are you doing?” I told him that I was trying to get some help so we could get the car off the road. He immediately looked at me and said “Daddy, we need to pray for God to help us!”
A THREE YEAR OLD SAID THIS!!!
I realized he was right, and we prayed, right there in the middle of the highway, that God would help us to get the car off the road. IMMEDIATELY, three different cars stopped around me, and three guys jumped out and helped me push the car up the hill and into a parking lot!
In this situation, it only took one adviser to bring success. Who would have thought that one adviser would be a three year old boy? It just goes to show that I don’t think we can discount advice based on who is giving it. I think that we take the advice in, and present that advice to the Lord in prayer. He will tell us which advice is legit and which isn’t.