Have you ever gotten unsolicited advice? Probably. And, whether you asked for it or not, you probably considered what the person said and went from there. King Solomon is the advice king! As the wisest man, he wrote the book of Proverbs, to help us live our lives in a more godly manner. He gives us some suggestions on how to seek advice.
Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Proverbs 11:14 says, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.”
Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.”
The Bible tells us to seek advice for things. If we always try to go at it on our own, we are foolish. God will help you find the right answer and figure out the best way. Here are 4 pieces of unsolicited Jesus sized advice for you today! Continuing in Ecclesiastes with Chapter 4.
1. Insights on Oppression and Politics
There are people who feel oppressed and think that they don’t have anyone to turn to. Some even feel that being dead would be better than living. Yes, even believers feel this way. Think about Elijah in 1 Kings 19:4 and Job in Job 3:3. If believers feel this way sometimes, than what about people who don’t know Jesus? Christians have hope beyond the grave. They know, even if they try to ignore or shove it into the back of their mind, that they are not alone!
What we all have to remember, no matter how dire the circumstance, is that giving up is not the answer! If you see or know someone who is heavily burdened, you need to let them know they are loved. You need to ask God to work through you to help reach this person. How can you really love your neighbor as yourself? How can you include them in your life? Show someone the hope of love and Jesus.
2. Insights on Money
We have more in common with people who lived 3,000 years ago than you think. We are still trying to keep up with the Jones’. Let’s face it,
People buy stuff they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like, and pay for it with a credit card they can’t afford. -PK
This is an empty way to operate and live. In other words, be content with what you have! If you aren’t, isn’t it almost like we are slapping God in the face and saying to him that his blessings aren’t good enough for us? Ouch! Apart from Jesus, all that stuff just makes life come up short.
Mark 8:34-38 is where Jesus tells anyone who wants to be his follower to give it all up and follow him. We need to use balance and moderation. Is it about me, myself, and I? Or is our life about something bigger? Proverbs 16:8 says, “Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.”
I know I said 4 pieces of unsolicited Jesus sized advice, but I think we’ll stop with two for today. I’ve often joked that life would be a lot easier if we were all born with a manual. But really, the Bible is our life manual. It’s just a matter of how much we put into it and read it in order to get the most from it. I need to remind myself that the Bible has all the answers. It is a relevant book for today. The only thing that has changed, are the characters in the world now and our way of doing things.
If we open our hearts to God’s advice our lives will begin to have purpose and make more sense. We will know what direction we need to head in. I’ll be back in a couple more days with two more pieces of advice. See you soon!