Meant Well

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. John 16:13

A few weeks ago, a family member spoke to me about a dilemma that has set off a number of unfortunate events in another family member’s life.

At first, I immediately shared what I believed she should do.

The advice that I was giving sounded good but I was merely downloading information to her from the flesh.

After speaking with the family member the Lord convicted my heart that I was out-of-place. That what was happening to this family member who has found himself in trouble had to be played out to the end.

Though I meant well, I was doing no good to help solve the situation.

This chastisement from the Lord put me down on my knees and I began to pray and seek His face about the entire matter.

Within days, the Lord answered my prayer and I began to see a remarkable manifestation of how the Lord was putting people in place that had been instructed in helping resolve the problem at hand.

Through this recent family situation, I was led to read some scriptures in the Book of Job.

Job was a righteous man who found himself dealing with the sudden death of his children, loss of property and wealth and then overcome by health problems. His wife even told him to curse God and die.

What Job was facing was of course permitted by God.

It was God who allowed Satan to go after Job but one thing the devil was prohibited to do was to kill Job.

With all these attacks against Job, his friends had noble intentions and meant well in telling him why his whole world was caving in.

But neither of his friends was even correct in what they had to tell Job because none were giving him advice from God but rather from their own intellect (flesh).

I’m pretty sure many people can probably attest as I can as to how some of us with an all knowing personality trait can be given a particular problem and then go on and on about how someone should handle the situation. Even when the advice sounds appropriate to our ears, it may totally go against what God’s decision is about the issue(s) at hand.

At the end of Job trials, he prayed for his friends who meant well but were not in the will of God.

God then rewarded Job at the end for his faithfulness and restored double of everything that he had lost.

The advice of friends must be received with a judicious reserve; we must not give ourselves up to it and follow it blindly, whether right or wrong. Pierre Charron

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