2 Chronicles 24:17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.
The path that you walk depends on whose voice you are listening to. The wrong voice will cause you to make wrong decisions and erode your prospects of success. The story of Joash is a perfect example of this.
Helped by Jehoiada the priest Joash started to reign as King at the age of 7, Jehoiada was to him a mentor and spiritual guide. With that type of influence, the first part of his reign as King was a success. He was listening to the right voice. When Jehoiada died it all went downhill from that point. 2 Chronicles 24: 2 tells us that he did right in the sight of the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest. His success ceased when the right influence ceased.
After the death of Jehoiada he started to listen to the wrong voice, his choice of influencers was not based on who could impart Godly wisdom, but rather on who could massage his ego and tell him what he wanted to hear. So to gain influence with him the princes of Judah came and bowed down to him, he felt good about himself and their voices were the voices he chose to listen to. God sent Zechariah the son of Jehoiada to ask him “why transgress ye the commandment of the Lord?” and he caused him to be stoned to death. Listening to the wrong voice caused him to lose any sense of morality.
You cannot get to where you want to by listening to the wrong voice. Be selective in choosing those who you go to for advice. Seek out those who have godly wisdom; It will prove critical to your success.
Life Application: Choose God fearing mentors that have done what you are looking to do.
Prayer: Lord, help me to surround myself with persons who are Godly and God fearing. Cause me to discern the right voice(s) on a daily basis. In Jesus name, amen.