Saturday, July 11, 2009

Unsolicited Advice

We all have people in our lives who give us unsolicited advice. Truth be told.....we probably all give unsolicited advice. How many have ever been driving down the road and have experienced "the backseat driver?"

Sometimes, the advice is good advice or a good warning. Sometimes, it is not. We can't wait many times for the person to walk away.....some try and tell us how to drive, how to make decisions, how to live our life, how to raise our kids, what jobs we should take, etc.

I'll be honest. I usually tell couples who are about to have a baby several pieces of unsolicited advice that helped Sasha and me or would've helped us.

1) Start buying diapers now while you still have money.
2) If the baby uses formula, try finding the formula on ebay. We did this for both girls and saved tons of money. You just have to be careful that you don't get burned. Check the seller's ebay history.
3) Enjoy sleep now because you won't get much when the baby comes.

This morning, I was reading from Isaiah. God was communicating to Israel through the prophet Isaiah and several things leaped out to me and I wanted to share them.

Isaiah 40:13-15 (NLT) "Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD? Who knows enough to be his teacher or counselor? 14 Has the LORD ever needed anyone's advice? Does he need instruction about what is good or what is best?"

The Lord doesn't need our unsolicited advice. He can do his job just fine without us telling him how to do his. :) He knows how you need to be provided for. He knows when your healing needs to take place. He knows the path your lost family member needs to be on to get them to the point of salvation. He does not need us to be backseat drivers for our lives. Let me say this.....petitioninig and advising are two different things. We should as scripture tells us....present our requests to God. That's prayer. We shouldn't tell him how to do his job.

God takes it a step further a few chapters later.

Isaiah 45:9-12 (NLT) "Destruction is certain for those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot ever argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, 'Stop, you are doing it wrong!' Does the pot exclaim, 'How clumsy can you be!' 10 How terrible it would be if a newborn baby said to its father and mother, 'Why was I born? Why did you make me this way?' " 11 This is what the LORD, the Creator and Holy One of Israel, says: "Do you question what I do? Do you give me orders about the work of my hands? 12 I am the one who made the earth and created people to live on it. With my hands I stretched out the heavens. All the millions of stars are at my command."

The creator of all things knows best. He can see where we're headed. He knows the path our lives need to be on.

When we are patient and we wait on God and his time. Look at the promise in Isaiah 40.

Isaiah 40:27-31 (NLT) "O Israel, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case? 28 Have you never heard or understood? Don't you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. 30 Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. 31 But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint."

Wait on God! Stop giving him advice! See what happens in your life! :)

Enjoy the Journey! I am. :)

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