Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. – (Proverbs 19:20, NIV)
Listen to advice and accept discipline; then you, too, will become wise. – (Proverbs 19:20, ERV)
Take good counsel and accept correction – that’s the way to live wisely and well. – (Proverbs 19:20, MSG)
Not one of us has it so together that we do not have room to grow. Advice and correction are ways that we have the opportunity to do better and be better. The challenge is that we must be willing to listen and apply the wisdom that is passed on to us, as we ever pursue more of God and His will for our lives. It is important to invest time in the word and in prayer, as well as finding wise and trustworthy people, whom we can go to when we need advice and allow room for correction in spaces where we are off-course. This is where community is so important. We must know others and be known in order to both give and receive good counsel as we ever pursue all that God has for us. I am blessed to be long-invested in a church community that is rich in wise people who have more life experience than I do. They have navigated the road before me, and have successfully traversed treacherous and trying times. I have a few trusted individuals that are my go-to people when I have a question or concern, or simply need to hear a voice of reason. Always we ought to go to God first, however, it is no accident that we discover people around us who are willing and equipped to give sound advice. May we ever seek the Lord for wisdom, correction and redirection, and allow trusted voices the opportunity to speak truth into our lives.
We all need advice,
To live this life well;
For truth good compels.
The word of the Lord,
And seeking His face;
Are ways to improve,
How we run our race.
For it’s not a sprint,
But a marathon;
Keep moving forward,
Let wisdom lead on.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not expect us to have it all together, nor navigate this life alone. Thank You that wise counsel and direction are found in Your word and through the people that You intentionally place in our lives. Forgive us for the times that we have either attempted to run our race alone, or have neglected to listen to the correction or direction that we need to keep pressing on well. Teach us to trust You and trust those around us who are intentional in their pursuit of You. Show us how to love those around us as You do. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to lead, correct and direct us, and allow others to speak truth into our lives. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Since You are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of Your Name lead and guide me. – Psalm 31:3