“‘I will do whatever you say,’ Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do” (Ruth 3:5–6).
Sometimes we just do not know what to do, but God puts trustworthy people into our lives to guide us through the decision-making process. He speaks through trustworthy people. It is imperative to seek out trustworthy people so your emotions do not lead you astray. You can talk yourself into just about anything. One day you are convinced you need to move in one distinct direction, and the next day you feel the need to go in the opposite direction.
If you are not careful, you will fall into a pattern of using “rabbit ears.” You default to the counsel of the last person who offered you advice. Yes, it is important to get input from a variety of people, but promise yourself and God that you will not commit to a decision until your counselors have properly weighed all the facts and you have prayerfully considered the various ideas offered by your trusting friends.
In some situations you are at a complete loss regarding what to do. You feel you have exhausted your options and your emotional capacity is spent. You are at a crossroads and probably do not have the clarity of mind to make the best decision. This is where it is critical that you listen to trustworthy people. While you are in this funk or fog, look to them for guidance, and do what they say. Trust that God is speaking through them.
What do you look for in a trustworthy person? They could be your spouse, your pastor, a relative, a doctor, a lawyer, a coach, or a close friend. Pray for someone who has your best interests in mind. This person is not looking to get anything from you; rather, he or she wants to give you outstanding advice and help you through this trying transitional period in your life. A trustworthy person is someone who understands you and your situation, perhaps having experienced a similar situation in the past.
Traveling to an unfamiliar region of the United States or a foreign country can be disconcerting. Ideally, your preparations will include conversations with those who have been there. They recommend what to see and what not to see, what foods to enjoy and what to avoid. The best scenario is for the experienced traveler to accompany you on the trip and offer you trusted advice along the way.
In the same way, surround yourself with people who have been there; trustworthy individuals, a go-to person who will not lead you astray. If you are currently in the middle of an uncertainty, seek out three trusted people, discover the common theme in their counsel, and simply do what they say. God is probably speaking through them.
“The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice” (Proverbs 12:13).
Prayer: Who are three people I know who can offer trustworthy advice for a pending issue?
Related Readings: Nehemiah 13:13; Daniel 2:45; Luke 16:11–12; 1 Corinthians 7:25
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