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Bad Counsel?

1 Samuel 22:5

“And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold; depart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.”

David found himself in a similar position that many believers have often found themselves in; that is, he followed the prophet’s advice, but the advice seemed to be bad counsel. The prophet Gad told David not to abide in the hold that was in Moab, and the prophet’s advice was correct. Though David was just trying to stay alive, he had no business dwelling in a heathen country. David obeyed the advice of Gad, but his advice turned out to make David’s life turn for the worse. It was after David listened to Gad that Saul killed the priests who helped David in his time of need. It was after David followed Gad’s counsel that Saul nearly killed him. It seemed as though David followed bad advice, but the counsel was right even though it didn’t immediately benefit him.

Have you ever found yourself in the same position as David when you followed the advice of the pastor or a godly person and their advice made your life turn to the worse? This can certainly make one wonder about the wisdom of the counselor, but you must understand that godly counsel isn’t based on the benefit of the immediate, but it’s based on right and wrong. Let me help you with how you should deal with a situation when godly advice didn’t seem to make your life better.

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First, ask yourself if the advice was scriptural? Just because your life didn’t turn to the better doesn’t change the guidelines of the Scriptures. God’s Word doesn’t depend on the quality of what it does for your life to be correct. God’s Word is correct because it is God’s Word. You are going to have to look at the advice that you received when your life seems to get worse after you followed it and ask yourself if the advice was scriptural.

Second, remember that God’s will is not always about you. What God tells you to do is right, even when everything goes bad after you obey. There are going to be times when God’s will doesn’t make your life better. We often make the mistake of thinking that if we follow God’s will that everything in our lives will turn to the good. You have to remember that God’s will has nothing to do with you, but it has everything to do with the purpose for which God created you. God’s will didn’t turn out for good for John because God’s will caused him to be exiled on the isle of Patmos. God’s will didn’t turn out for good for Stephen when he preached God’s Word, but Stephen still did the right thing by following God’s will. You may ask, what is the purpose of following God’s will if it doesn’t make my life better? The purpose of following God’s will is that it places you in favor with God even if your life turns for the worse. It is much better to be right with God for doing right than it is to have your life seemingly be better off by not obeying God. At the end of the day, disobeying God always leads to His judgment.

Third, never undo in doubt the decision that you made by faith. When godly and scriptural advice turns your life to the worse, you must remember that you followed the advice because it was right. Don’t undo the decision just because your life hasn’t seen an immediate impact for good. Don’t follow godly advice for immediate results, but follow it because it’s right and because of what it will produce in the future.

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