Do you know a person can be a fool simply because he runs around with other fools? Eventually their foolish ways will rub off on him. There is just no way around it.

I recently was surprised when I saw a car where one of the passengers had her leg extended out the window. No one needs to tell that girl that she is a fool. Some other car is going to come along at some point, and she might just lose her leg. Apparently, that girl never thought about the risks. She was doing something foolish without even caring how foolish it was.

We all do foolish things sometimes. It seems our old nature loves to get us to do thoughtless things. Many times we don’t ask for advice because we don’t want to be told we are being foolish. We would rather the circumstances play out that we have been a fool and handle the consequences of an unwise decision, than seek advice in the first place and refrain from doing it. We need to be careful that we don’t let ourselves go into this mindset. We need to always seek wise advice and prayerfully consider it, because that advice could just keep us from destroying our lives.

Is the Lord convicting you about a foolish decision in your life that you are contemplating? You already know it isn’t the best idea in the world. Take this word of counsel: it is better to face the truth of the situation BEFORE you get yourself involved and you can’t get out. If you are willing to face the truth, then you will be wise.

It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater man to accept it graciously. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder