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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Seeking Advice (2 Samuel 17)

When you are faced with a decision, who do you seek advice from?

Do you seek advice from a close friend, a trusted family member, a pastor or a teacher?

Do you ask God to verify the advice you receive is actually Godly advice, what God wants you to do?

This was the strength of David. Whenever he was facing a battle he would always check with God before continuing.

But he unfortunately didn’t teach his sons to do the same.

So in 2 Samuel 13, when Amnon, David’s son, was in love with his half-sister, Tamar, he followed the advice of a friend and raped Tamar.

He wanted an adviser who would tell him what he wanted to hear rather than what would glorify God. In other words, he wanted advisors who would "tickle his ears."

Next we see David’s son, Absalom, following Amnon’s example. As he plotted to kill his father, David, and take the throne, he follows the advisors who tell him what he wants to hear rather than having any thought of seeking God.

2 Samuel 17:14 Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “Hushai’s advice is better than Ahithophel’s.” For the Lord had determined to defeat the counsel of Ahithophel, which really was the better plan, so that he could bring disaster on Absalom!”

There are two applications here for me:

1) I need to be careful who I seek advice from.

2) No matter how Godly the person is who is giving me advice, I need to make sure I always ask God directly, before moving forward.

Dear Lord, Whether I am doing what I think you want me to do or following the advice of a Godly friend or pastor, I am still just “doing what is right in my own eyes” if I don’t come to You and seek Your will directly. So Lord, would You impress it upon my heart to always seek You directly in all things before moving forward. Lord, give me patience to wait when You tell me to wait and to move forward when You tell me to move forward.

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