WHO DO YOU TRUST?
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Who do you trust?
Paying attention to the trusted source
So Many Choices
We all have a ton of choices to make and where we end up in life is greatly influenced by whether or not we make the right decisions. So we look for advice and hope that it helps us make good choices.
Most of us look to ourselves first. We think and we feel. We analyze out of our thoughts and emotions. We look back and draw from our experiences. We toss and turn, we anguish and we try to make the best decision. Should I eat that? Should I buy that? Should I quit my job?
Sometimes we seek out other people for help. We look to parents, friends, former coaches, and people whom we feel are role models. We ask them and again we find ourselves unsure. What will they say? Do they have any experience in this? Should I listen to them or myself?
We read books and watch TV talk shows; all because we are looking for a trusted source for answers. We’re trying to do the right things. We’re trying to make good decisions.
Read Proverbs 22:17-19
- What is the value of seeking others’ help and wisdom?
- Who is your best-trusted source for wisdom? Why?
- Why do you feel it is important to really dig in to the teaching of scripture?
The Pain of Poor Choices
When we trust the wrong source for wisdom, we open ourselves to a life of pain, loss and difficult situations. When we listen to the wrong voices (even our own), we make bad decisions and we suffer.
Remember Samson? He made some pretty dumb decisions. God wanted him to free Israel from their enemies, but Samson kept making wrong choices. He listened and trusted his emotions. He didn’t seek God or any other wise, Godly counselors. As a result, he lost his strength. The strongest man alive was helpless. He suffered great pain and loss because he listened to the wrong voice. As a result, he made wrong decisions.
- How can our pride keep us from listening to wisdom?
- What were the consequences of Samson not seeking trusted wisdom?
- What does this Proverb tell us about seeking God’s wisdom?
Proverbs 28:26 tells us, “He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25 says, “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.”
The way for us to make quality decisions is to find the Trusted Source and that’s God. Trusting the wrong source leads to pain, frustration, and regret. Nobody needs that. We need to develop a habit of turning to God for every decision, not just when we’re already in trouble. We need to go to Him first. He’s the trusted source. He has the answers.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
What are some ways, this week, that you can begin listening to and trusting God’s wisdom?
Let us know how it goes.
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