Unwise Counsel Can Lead To Confusion
Have you ever been so excited to share with your friend a word that the Lord has given you. Maybe one night you were feeling down, and needed some advice from your friend. One last question? After the conversation did confusion, or doubt cloud your mind?
I am sure that you know you should have wise godly people in your inner circle. Let’s be honest here there are a lot of Christians who do not seek the face of the Lord regularly. Some Christians do not ask the Holy Spirit for guidance in conversation with other believers. Some Christians are not wise point blank period. That is so unfortunate because every believer has questions, seeks advice, and wants to share their journey, but as believers we must be wise about who we go to, and listen to.
Now let’s get into how confusion can arise after talking to an unwise person. You have just received a word from the Lord, and you want to share with your “sister” in Christ. You call her with excitement just to hear these words. “Are you sure it was the Holy Spirit?” “ I don’t believe that is what the Lord is saying.” For you own sake it is wise to know the voice of the Lord, and I pray that the Lord gives you discernment to hear, and know His voice. Saying that you know His voice, do you see how the comments made above can lead to confusion? You can start to doubt yourself that you hear His voice, but the worst of them all no peace will come from that conversation. Here is another scenario you call your friend feeling down, and need some advice. You pour your heart out and here is the response. “Well what did you do to deserve this?” “If I were you”, or “everything is going to be okay.” No wise advice was given. You will be confused about your journey because you think you have done something wrong. You will start to doubt that God has your back. You will start to question if God is working in our life because all hell is breaking loose. You can prevent this from happening!
I was studying Job one day, and his three friends were making me upset! Job was tested on purpose for a purpose. The Lord gave Satan permission to do so, knowing the outcome of it all. His three friends named Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar were no help to him at all.
1. Eliphaz: Misrepresented God (42:7), gave Job advice from his own opinion based on a vision. He told Job to go to God and present his case to him.
2. Bilad: Was very doubtful. He asked Job how long will he go on suffering. Bilad was upset that Job that was not confessing his wrong doings. He wrongly accused Job of trusting in another God.
3. Zophar: He was so angry with Job that he told Job that he deserved the punishment.
All of Job’s so called three friends believed he sinned, started with God’s word, but then watered it down with their own advice, and got angry with their friend about his faith. Job stranded firm on the word of God, and his trust in Him. He did not waver, or shrink back with doubt, confusion, fear, and worry. Do you see how important it is to have wise counsel? I pray that you are like Job when you get into a situation of having unwise counsel. I pray that you plead the blood of Jesus of confusion, doubt, fear, and worry. I pray that you come against the lies of the enemy with the word of God. I pray that you have discernment for knowing WHO is never to be consulted again about your walk with the Lord, good and bad! I pray that you will have discernment when a word is given to know if it is from the Lord or not. I pray that you stay alert because if Job would have listened to his friends he would have never been restored. Who is in your inner circle that is wise and godly?