SEEKING OUT GOD'S ADVISORS
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Seeking out God’s Advisors
If you’re looking for good advice, here are a few folks who happily made the leap to offer such counsel:
· Will Rogers advised, “Never miss a good chance to shut up.”
· Benjamin Franklin said, “Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”
· Robert Frost quipped, “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.”
· William Shakespeare suggested in Romeo and Juliet; “Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.”
· P.G. Wodehouse may have given us the best guidance; “I always advise people never to give advice.”
Throughout my 40plus years of ministry and even before that, I have come to rely on the solid advice of others in the making of important decisions. I’m sure that you have sought out advice in your life and work as well. Some advice I have received has come from unsolicited sources. I heard someone say one time, “Free advice is worth every penny.” Perhaps that is often true, but in can also be priceless. It all depends on the source of the advice.
Where do you go to seek valuable advice? What are the qualifications of a valued advisor? I have often found that it helps if the advisor has an abiding love and concern for me. I don’t want to take advice from someone who would like to see me fail, or who doesn’t care about me or my success. Usually, good advice comes from folks who have experienced life for much longer than us. Such advisors can include a grandparent or parent or a sage senior citizen. A teacher is often a good source of wisdom. I have often sought out direction from other pastors who have been in ministry longer than myself or who have experienced incredible success in their service to the kingdom or in their personal lives.
However, I think it is interesting that young Joseph was a great advisor to those around him. He advised his fellow inmates while in prison as well as the national leader of a great empire, Pharaoh.
His advice was not only good, but even life and history changing.
What made Joseph so wise in such a brief time of living? First of all he never gave and interpretation of a dream or advice to anyone without looking to God. The advice he gave to others came from a close connection to the Supreme Being of the universe.
Not only was this true of Joseph, but he had experienced a great deal of living in a short time. He had been through tremendous trouble, temptation, victory and loss in his 30 years of life. God had been teaching him and, what’s more, he had been learning from his instructor.
When asked to interpret Pharaoh’s dream, he explained that he could not interpret any dream, but God could. Then, with the power of God surging from within his spirit, he told the monarch what God was trying to tell him through his disturbing dream. He went further by explaining how the meaning of the dream should be implemented for his country. Pharaoh saw that the wisdom of God was in him and he knew this man would be the perfect choice to be his second in command for the entire nation.
Even though Pharaoh was a heathen idol worshipper, he saw in Joseph something he had never seen. And God had prepared him for this task and more. I think too, that God opened Pharaoh’s eyes and heart to promoting this very special young man to such a high and pivotal role in the kingdom.
When you seek advice from others, it will be wise of you to look for someone with Joseph’s credentials. These were not the credentials of a famous man, but a prison inmate. Yet, God’s wisdom poured out of him in an immeasurable manner. Look for godly people who have spent their lives leaning on God and who will never give you their own wisdom, but that which God has given them for you.
God has those people around you. But you must be wise enough to see them.
This Sunday we will continue our powerful series of messages from the series Any Nobody Can Become Somebody; The transformative power of God in people. We will share more of Joseph’ story in a message we have called, The God of Second Chances based on Genesis 42-45. I hope you will join us for this special experience in God’s word.
Seeking God’s advice,