The Best Advice

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice–Proverbs 12:15

This morning we sat around the breakfast table reading our daily family devotions when we came upon this verse.

The words, “…the wise listen to advice” rang in my ears.  How many times do we spurn advice when we simply want to take our own way?

The devotional we were using posed the question, “What’s the best advice you have ever received?’

The kids struggled with an answer so Jared & I thought about it and came up with similar answers.

We both agreed the best advice we’d ever been given was about choosing carefully who we married.  Kati Ann rolled her eyes in disgust. (this is the reality of our family devotional time)

I thought back to more than 20 years ago receiving that advice & how I know and have experience so many things that have have confirmed the validity of that advice.

Not all advice is worthwhile but we are wise to listen and not assume we automatically know or have the right answers.

What about you?  What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

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Naked for Jesus

I wrote in my journal this morning these words,

Thank you, God for not asking me to walk around naked.

Those words don’t show up often in my prayers but today I needed some perspective.

I am reading through the book of Isaiah and came to a passage that shocked me.

…at the same time the Lord spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and remove the sackcloth from your body, and take your sandals off your feet.” And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.–Isaiah 20:2 (NKJV)

In the margin of my Bible I wrote,

when God asks for everything–even your dignity

Isaiah had asked God to use him (Isaiah 6).  He had submitted everything to God.  When God asked him to remove his clothes and walk around naked (for 3 years–not just a quick streak around the block), he did it.  When I think about the reality of God’s request, I am amazed at Isaiah’s obedience.

Lordship is hard.  I want it to be easy.  I want to sail through my days without having to fight my against my flesh.  But then there is reality.

Today I’m not sailing…I’m trudging.

I’ve been whining to God lately.  I don’t think He minds.  In fact, I think it is because I’ve come to Him with complete honesty that He brought me to Isaiah 20.  He showed me an example of a servant who was asked to do something much harder than I.

Did Isaiah parade around naked or did he trudge?  The Bible doesn’t say.  The Scripture simply says “And he did so….”

God hasn’t asked me to walk the streets naked and if He did…

…well, let’s just hope He doesn’t.

But God has asked obedience of me and I don’t always want to comply.

Today, I’m saying “yes” to Jesus.  I’m following in the footsteps of Isaiah’s obedience to do as I’m asked and trusting God has a big picture plan that brings glory and honor to His name.

Would you join me in saying “yes” to God in the assignment He has put in front of you today?

 

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