Listening to bad advice.

“Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’” So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe. – 1 Samuel 24:4

David and band of rogues were on the run from King Saul, who sought to kill David. The men hid in caves and rocks to avoid being captured and killed. One night David and his men were hiding in a cave that Saul and his men happened to choose to lodge in for the evening. One of David’s men suggested that he go over to Saul and kill him because the Lord had handed Saul over to David. David cut a piece off of Saul’s robe as a testament to this opportunity but later regretted the act and repented of attacking the Lord’s anointed.

Our closest friends and even family can give us advice, as they do most of the time. However, that advice is not always the best approach to the situation. David knew better than to lay a hand on anyone that God had chosen personally to serve him, even if that person was evil and trying to kill him. We, too, often forget to heed the word of the Lord and will in the heat of the moment have a momentary lapse of reason and do something we will later rue. Be careful from whom you take advice. Even those closest to us may have our best intentions at heart, but remember that the road to destruction is paved with good intentions.

Father, help me to listen closer to your Holy Spirit rather than the other voices around me that suggest I do this or that thing, which would be contrary to your word and standard. I need to be and desire to be holy, as is my God. I cannot do that on my own, but I know that you will and can empower me to live righteously before you. I surrender not only my life, but my heart and will as well unto you mighty One. Lead me and guide me by your written and spoken Word, and not the words of the foolish. I love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.