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. James 1:5 (NIV)
Do you have a very big decision to make? Do you feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of advice coming from others? Perhaps you heard clearly from God but at the same time you don’t want to seem stubborn and unwilling to factor in the input of others, especially if God is trying to speak through them to get a message to you. Perhaps you are very anxious because you fear the consequences of making the wrong decision. On the other hand, perhaps it is not so much about the consequences but more about the fear of hearing the phrase “I told you so” if you fail.
One thing is certain, God and only God lays the foundation…He will always give us a snapshot of the end result so that we may know what to work towards. Some of the details about how to arrive at that point may be flexible and allow for the input of others but the foundation that God has laid is non-negotiable. Nevertheless, sifting through the input of others can be a very daunting task, it’s like searching through a needle in a haystack to discover the God ideas from the good ideas.
If we will simply ask God to confirm which advice we are to use as building blocks on the foundation He has already laid, He is sure to answer. The key is to refrain from receiving the advice and instantly acting upon it. It is crucial to receive it as a gift but basically refrain from unwrapping it and immediately putting it to use. Take it to the Lord and let Him unwrap it and give to you the portion that is applicable to your situation. After all, many may give advice based on what has worked favorably in the past but God may be wanting to do a new thing in and through you.
Lord, thank You for laying a firm foundation to which I am called. Give me discernment to know if and how to incorporate the input of others.