“Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns’” (Matthew 16.23 NIV).
God has a plan for our lives, but that plan can easily become distorted by the many voices in this world, including our own. When I filmed the CMT Show, there were a lot of people who had many ideas about how the show should develop. I found myself confused by the many thoughts, opinions and reactions to the steps I was taking. Everyone’s viewpoint was valid and well-meaning; however, valid and well-meaning can still be the opposite of God’s will. I am reminded of when Peter insisted that Jesus not allow Himself to be tortured and murdered (Matt 16.22). Although Peter’s response is well-meaning, Jesus called Peter the voice of the Enemy. Jesus knew that God’s plan for Him was to die on the cross for the world’s sins, and Peter didn’t comprehend the eternal movement that he was eager to destroy. Most people including myself have very valid points-of-view, but we must remember to always seek God’s will. I often tell people before giving them advice not to write my words with gold on their hearts. I would hate for seemingly helpful opinions to cause God’s people to miss out on what He has for them. Unless we allow the Holy Spirit to work through our mouths, our voice can be a tool for the Enemy. We must always be careful about seeking God before voicing our thoughts, and we must be certain we’re seeking advice from those directed by the Holy Spirit.
God, I don’t want to give out well-meaning advice that contradicts Your eternal plan. Help me to choose my words prayerfully according to how the Holy Spirit leads me. Also, give me discernment, so I can separate advice that is Holy Spirit inspired from advice that is not. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.