Focus Scripture: Those with insight find prosperity; those who trust the Lord are blessed. Proverbs 16:20
We are approaching Fall, and you know what that means football. Specifically Fantasy Football! You may not have a clue of what Fantasy is, but essentially it’s where you create your ideal football team comprising of any NFL players, no matter what team they are on. Then you play against other teams, created by other people in your league, with the hopes of being the Fantasy Football champion of your league.
During this time of year, you can hear people everywhere talking about their Fantasy Team and ranking. As I was walking through the office yesterday, I was intrigued by one of my coworkers who gets fired up about Fantasy every year. I passed his desk and heard him talking to yet another person about advice for his team. This was interesting to me because this guy asks EVERYONE for fantasy advice. At any given time, I can pass his desk and there is a different person standing there discussing strategy with him. What was even more interesting to me is that with all the knowledge and conversations he’s had about Fantasy and the actual players, he has never actually won. While conversing with him, it was obvious that after receiving so much advice from so many different people, he was left disturbingly confused as to what to do with his team.
Now Fantasy is just that, a fantasy, you never know what the outcome will be of any of the players or your team for that matter. Just like any game, it’s intended for entertainment purposes only.
However, when I was talking to this young man, it reminded me of myself early on in my walk with Christ. At times I was willing to talk to any and everyone about my situation, hoping that out of all the knowledge I gained, I would get an answer for what I needed for my situation. Not realizing all that really did was leave me confused and frustrated, with no real answer of what to do.
A number of these instances resulted in me making decisions based on the influences of others. These decisions, which weren’t necessarily bad decisions, just not what God wanted me to do, caused much confusion and heartache.
Have you ever been there? Where your desire to know more causes you to get information from a number or multiple sources. However, all that information, from so many sources, left you confused and distorts your judgement with how you should move forward?
During our Christian walk, we have to be wise with where we receive information from. As humans, although our intentions may be good, we can only give advice based on our personal experiences. However, when we go to the source, our Father who knows all, He is able to give us specific instructions on what He wants us to do in our specific situation.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking advice and wisdom from others, Proverbs 12:15 encourages it. However, it is important that we are wise with the advice we receive. Wise counsel inspired by God should never leave us perplexed or more confused than we were before we received it. It should give us an inner peace and a sense of spiritual surety. Even if the advice wasn’t necessarily what we wanted to hear or instructed to do.
Prayer: God, thank You for Your infinite wisdom. Thank You for placing wise people in my life with whom I can seek Godly counsel. As I am making decisions, send individuals in my path that will give me advice and wisdom that causes me to prosper. And help me understand when I trust in You the outcome will be one of much blessings. In Jesus name, Amen!