1 Chronicles 19:3 But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? are not his servants come unto thee for to search, and to overthrow, and to spy out the land?
Listening to the wrong voice could be extremely costly; Hanun, King of Ammon can attest to that. He succeeded Nahash, his father, after his death but made a mess of the situation by listening to the wrong voices. His father enjoyed an excellent relationship with King David. So after his death, David sent an entourage to Ammon to express his condolences. The princes of Ammon, who acted as the advisors to King Hanun, told the King that the men of David were coming not to offer comfort, but rather to act as spies so that they could ultimately overthrow him as King. Without giving careful consideration whether or not what he heard was wisdom or folly, he acted upon what he was told and proceeded to embarrass David’s men by shaving them and cutting holes in their garments at the buttocks. This decision instantly made life worse for him and his people. By so doing he broke the strategic alliance that they shared with King David and Israel and had to use precious resources to hire the Syrian army to help defend him against David and his men, which was to no avail. Listening to the wrong voice will cost you.
Look at all the trouble that listening to the wrong voice caused. You have to be careful which voice you listen to because what you hear could influence your decision. If the advice turns out to be bad advice then what happens next could make your life a living hell. In the case of King Hanun and the Ammonites, most of them perished as a result of listening to the wrong voice.
In the pursuit of your purpose, it is not everything that you hear you should act upon. Also it would not be prudent for you to put yourself in the position where you are continuously hearing bad advice. One day you may just act upon it. Look to the wisest and the best for counsel; particularly those who are not only skilled in their field, but also possess Godly wisdom.
Life Application: Identify the wisest people within the body of Christ with expertise cutting across different disciplines and ask their advice when called upon to make decisions.
Prayer: Lord, surround with the right people. Give me wisdom to discern who is right and who is wrong. In Jesus’ name, amen.