I was speaking with one of my sons this morning. He calls me and we talk while he is driving to work a few times a week. I have to tell you that I am very excited of how The Lord is working in His life. He has grown so much spiritually in the last few years that he is a almost a different person. He truly is being conformed into the image of Christ. He also has a wonderful Christian wife at his side to grow with him. That is always very helpful.
Most of our conversations revolve around spiritual things in his drive time. I probably talk with him more than any other male about Scripture. This morning he was excited about the new series he is starting at church. He used me as a sounding board with some of his ideas. I am always thrilled when he ask for input. Not that I know it all, but age and The Lord’s experience in my life has taught me a few things. After hearing his teaching schedule I gave him some suggestions which he had not considered. After discussing it I think that he will use some them.
After we finished the call I thought about how wise he is too ask for advice. He is his own man. He doesn’t call Dad before making most of his decisions. But in some areas he usually does at least ask what my thoughts are. He knows that he is not under any obligation to use any of my suggestions. I know that I miss my own Dad because he is not here to be a good listener of my thoughts and dreams.
The wise man Solomon wrote about wise men asking for, and receiving wise counsel.
“Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Prov. 11:14).
“Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive counsel” (Ecc. 4:13).
The way many receive counsel, or advice, is after the fact. Wise men count the cost in advance. May we all be humble enough to first seek counsel from The Lord through His word, and then seek out godly counsel before making decisions that count.