Good friends - Hope 103.2

Good friends

By David ReayWednesday 27 Jul 2016LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Proverbs 15:22

22          Plans go wrong for lack of advice;
                   many advisers bring success. (NLT)

In the realm of politics, we hear the term ‘captain’s pick’. Which means the leader chooses to do something without reference to others: it is a decision he or she makes without advice or by ignoring advice.

And such ‘picks’ can go terribly wrong. Which is why this text offers wise words to all irrespective of their faith. We do need one another. None of us has all the wisdom, all the expertise, all the discernment. The next best thing to be wise ourselves is to surround ourselves with wise people.

Which leads to a couple of comments on this text. One is that we are to avoid surrounding ourselves simply with those who agree with us. We can go badly astray by deciding on something then getting others we know to support us by being very persuasive about our own thinking. This is not seeking advice; it is recruitment of others to our side.

And then, despite what this text seems to be saying, we need to be careful of seeking too much advice. There comes a time when we need to decide, to act. We can put this off under the guise of trying to get more advice. By all means seek multiple sources of advice, but know when to stop. Don’t use such advice-seeking as a cover-up for procrastination.

We were made to be part of the human community, to travel together rather than solo. Good friends are those who help us travel in the right way to the right destination.

David Reay

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