When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.” – Acts 21:14
There have been moments in my life when the future was a little less than certain. At times like these, I often sought the counsel of the godly … brothers and sisters who could offer their insight and advice.
Have you ever needed some good, solid, biblical advice? I certainly have and sometimes I have heeded what I have received, while at other times I have not. Paul’s friends gave him their advice on his return to Jerusalem. They told him that he should not go there, because danger was a certainty. Paul, however, did not heed their counsel because he was convinced that he must return in spite of any danger. Were Paul’s friends offended by his refusal? Not at all. They did their best to convince him of the wisdom of their decision, but ultimately they left Paul (and his direction) in the hands of the Lord.
Whether you are giving counsel or receiving it, you must realize that God will determine the future according to His will and purpose. Certainly, be persuasive when you are convinced of your position, but ultimately we must trust God’s providence.
Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it. – Benjamin Franklin
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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