Week of January 21 - January 27
Almighty God, each day I make countless decisions. Some have turned out well, but some have caused pain. Lord I want to hear Your voice more clearly. I know that You speak to me through others, so my prayer is that You would give me eyes to see and ears to hear the people that You bring into my path. Let me turn to them for advice as I make decisions. Speak to me directly. Speak to me through others. Help me to make decisions that draw me closer to You. Amen.
Daily Scripture Readings:
Monday Exodus 18:13-27
Tuesday Proverbs 12:26
Wednesday Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Thursday Proverbs 13:20
Friday John 15:14-16
Saturday I Corinthians 5:9-13
Sunday Genesis 13:5-18
I read an interesting quote recently. “You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.” God created us with a need for interaction, for fellowship, for relationship. Even if we live alone in a house, we live our lives in community with others. This is always important, but especially so as we seek to “Make better decisions in 20:18.” As we learn from Moses, we make better decisions when we seek input from others. God uses relationships as a way to draw us closer to Him. That is why it is important for our main relationships to be with people that make us more Christ-like. Don’t misunderstand me, I believe it is important to have friends who are not Christian. We need to be friends with people who need the gospel because we are called to make disciples. But our deepest relationships should be ones who build us up in our faith.
You will see multiple readings from Proverbs this week, because that book is filled with reminders about the importance of listening to the right people. There is a quote in the sermon from Proverbs 12:15. “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.” Who are the people in your life that are most mature spiritually? Listen to their advice. Pray that God would surround you with such friends, and make you such a friend to someone else.
Am I the kind of person who thinks I can do this all on my own, or do I seek the advice of friends?
If I do seek the advice of friends, am I talking to the right friends?