Who do you first turn to for advice? The operating word is “First.” Who do you heavily lean on for support and counsel when all hell breaks loose in your life? There are three ways people err when it comes to getting help during the most difficult times of there lives:
1. They lean to heavily on their own understanding. These guys have it all figure out. They do not acknowledge God or others in all their ways – especially in difficult times. It’s not that they are too proud to go to God or seek advice – they simply believe in their own ability to handle every situation that comes their way.
2. They lean too heavily on mentors. These guys don’t necessarily think about it. They have a problem and they must speak to someone to fix the problem. They are wired in such a way that picking up the phone to confide in someone is a natural instinct.
3. They lean solely on Jesus. These guys strongly believe only Jesus can help them – and they are right. The only problem here is – Jesus told them to not only seek the will of God in everything, and in all their ways to acknowledge Him, he also told them to seek safety in the multitude of counselors and prayers from the elders.
Lean toward the Perfect Middle
What we need is the perfect middle. A strategy that will help us draw strength, power and wisdom from Jesus, the mentors he put in our lives, and the wisdom we’ve learned from past experiences. Here they are:
1. Seek Him First. Talk to Jesus first and don’t stop talking to him until you get the break through you need. Lean heavily on him.
2. Find safety in the multitude of counselors. Talk to mentors, trusted friends and confidants while you continue talking to Jesus. Heavily lean on him, but seek advice.
3. Apply the wisdom you’ve gained from past experiences. Especially if you’ve learned from them. But, don’t stop there, take steps #1 and 2 into serious consideration. Do not lean on you own understand – lean on Him.