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1. The Need for Guidance
Everyone needs advice, no matter how experienced or knowledgeable they may be. Sooner or later we all need advice; because in some field or other we are at a loss to know what to do, which way to turn, how to decide. So we have to ask someone who knows. And the more readily available the advice the better. It is not necessary to prove this point because we all know how true it is.
|Proverbs 11:14||Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.|
Identifying one's need for advice is comparatively easy. The problem is, whose advice to take. For, believe it or not, in every field of human activity (agriculture, sport, science, economics or health) there are many people ready to give advice - often too many. The choice is so wide it's confusing.
But which one of the many to ask? Here are some guidelines to go by:
|Isaiah 9:6||For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty YaHuWaH, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.|
|Revelation 3:17||Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18: I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
|Jeremiah 23:18-40||For who hath stood in the counsel of YaHuWaH, and hath perceived and heard His word? who hath marked His word, and heard it?
|Proverbs 1:30||They would none of My counsel: they despised all My reproof.
31: Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
The tragic examples of people taking the wrong advice are legion. Here are a few examples. Consider the repercussions in each case.
|Genesis 3:1||Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which YaHuWaH Elohim had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath Elohim said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2: And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Elohim hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4: And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5: For Elohim doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6: And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
|2 Chronicles 10:9||And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?
10: And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
11: For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
12: So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day.
13: And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,
14: And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
15: So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of Elohim, that YaHuWaH might perform His word, which He spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16: And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.
17: But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18: Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
|Matthew 27:22||Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with YAHUSHUA which is called Messiah? They all say unto him, Let Him be crucified.
23: And the governor said, Why, what evil hath He done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let Him be crucified.
24: When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
25: Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
26: Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged YAHUSHUA, he delivered Him to be crucified.
Oh what a tragic decision Israel made by rejecting the Savior in favor of Barabbas the murderer. The results are still being witnessed in these latter days. But, note this carefully, the nation of Israel was not totally rejected because of that blunder. Israel is still the Chosen of YaHuWaH !
The rewards of taking good advice are also enormous. Consider a few examples:
|Genesis 41:25-45||... And the thing (Joseph's advice) was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants.|
|Exodus 18:13-24||Read this amazingly good advice. It has come down through the ages and now operates in the government departments of many nations.|
|1 Samuel 25:32||And David said to Abigail, Blessed be YaHuWaH Elohim of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:
33: And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.
It is more blessed to give than to receive. Giving good advice brings great blessing to the giver. In exactly the same way "It is more cursed to give bad advice than to receive it." Woe to those who give bad advice.
|Jeremiah 23:9||Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of YaHuWaH, and because of the words of His holiness.
10: For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right.
11: For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in My house have I found their wickedness, saith YaHuWaH.
12: Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith YaHuWaH.
13: And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused My people Israel to err.
14: I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto Me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
15: Therefore thus saith YaHuWaH Tz'va'ot concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
16: Thus saith YaHuWaH Tz'va'ot, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of YaHuWaH.
17: They say still unto them that despise me, YaHuWaH> hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.
18: For who hath stood in the counsel of YaHuWaH, and hath perceived and heard His word? who hath marked His word, and heard it?
19: Behold, a whirlwind of YaHuWaH is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.
20: The anger of YaHuWaH shall not return, until He have executed, and till He have performed the thoughts of His heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
|Matthew 5:19||Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.|