TODAY’S MEDITATION – Beware whose advice you listen to! (1 Kings 16:28-33)

Sometimes we make choices and get trapped in them… but the next thing we do is to showing unwillingness to take the right action. These verses tell us that, as king, Ahab was responsible to God and to His prophet Elijah, but he chose to marry a pagan woman who drew him into idol worship. Ahab took his evil wife’s advice and listened only to “prophets” who gave good news, and he surrounded himself with people who encouraged him to do whatever he wanted. My brother, my sister, the value of advice cannot be judged by the number of people for or against it. You see, Ashad liked to follow the majority opinion of those who surrounded him, and that led to his spiritual death first, and then to his physical death. It may seem nice to have someone who encourages you to do whatever you want because any advice that goes against your wishes is difficult to accept. Yet, God encourages us to get advice from wise counselors who will not be afraid of criticising us constructively (Proverbs 15:31-33). As Christians, we can test the advice we receive in the light of God’s principles. Yes, we must always separate advice from our own wishes or desires, from the majority of opinion or whatever seems best in our limited perspective, and weigh it against God’s commands. The Lord will never lead you to do what He has forbidden in His Word, even in principle! So, my friend, unlike Ahab, trust godly counselors and have the courage to stand against those who are urging you to do anything that is not in keeping with the Word of God. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.