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21 Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course. 22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. 23 A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word!
sound decisions and charting a straight course isn't easy. The counsel
of wise friends is a big help in navigating the twists and turns of
life. It's good to get advice from a variety of friends because each of
their differing perspectives temper the others. A plan is more likely to
succeed if it is framed and discussed and critiqued by a number of
thoughtful people. Even the interpretation and application of scriptural
principles are best understood and applied in the context of community.
Response and Action:
making plans, I will seek the counsel of others who have demonstrated
wisdom and success in their own lives. I will ask God for wisdom and
direction. In order to make sound decisions, I will prayerfully consider
the counsel and opinions of godly friends who care about me and have
proved themselves to be prudent in their own affairs. I will seek
guidance from the Scriptures in the context of Christian community.
God, show me your ways. Guide me in your truth and teach me. Help me
to seek you first in all things. Grant me wisdom and insight for life.
Bring good and wise friends into my life. Give me insight and
understanding as I read the scriptures. Help me to trust in you with all
my heart and not depend on my own limited understanding. Help me to
acknowledge you in all my ways, and show me the straight and wise paths
to follow. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: James 1:4-5
4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to
all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
The Spirit of the Disciplines
by Dallas Willard