We get wisdom in several ways. Wisdom can come from God’s Word. It can come from answered prayer. It can also come from sound advice: “With the well advised is wisdom.” Who we take our counsel from is, of course, of utmost importance. If we accept foolish advice, we will not only look foolish but also be a fool.
I am reminded of a story I read in regard to British Vice-Marshal Alexandar Adams. The story went like this:
At the end of the Battle of Britain, British Vice-Marshal Alexandar Adams was driving to a meeting at his headquarters when he came upon a sign: ROAD CLOSED—UNEXPLODED BOMB. Adams called over the policeman on duty, hoping he might be able to suggest an alternate route. “Sorry, you can’t go through,” said the policeman as he approached the car. “The bomb is likely to go off at any minute now.” Then he caught sight of Adam’s uniform. “I’m very sorry, sir,” he said, “I didn’t know you were a wing commander. It is quite all right for you to go through.”
With “advisors” like that, who needs enemies! Although that policeman—who was trained to respect rank—momentarily allowed his deference to a vice-marshal to overcome his good sense, Adams had better sense than to follow his advice.
The moral of the story is clear. Be careful who you take advice from. It could kill you.
What to do:
✞ Take advice from others who have proven themselves over time to make wise decisions.
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