“And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet (discerning) and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.”Genesis 41:38-41
I have been exposed to many godly men in my life, and I have had the privilege to call some of them dad, pastor, or friend. I have had five pastors in my life who have been my shepherd, and I have learned from and seen the Spirit of God in each one of them. I can’t think of a more flattering characteristic than to be counted as one who has the Spirit of God.
Galatians 5:16 says, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” I tend to get into trouble when I walk in the flesh, and I am selfish in my ambitions, looking only to please myself. In that mindset, I blow past the stop sign of the Spirit and indulge myself in doing what I want to do. When I walk in the flesh, I tend to also seek out others who are doing the same thing. I will say this makes matters much worse, and I soon realize that I must be careful when seeking out advice.
I remember one particular time when I was at work and had gotten into a fight with Rebekah. I do not remember the details of that fight, but it is a safe bet that I probably started it and that I was at fault for the fight to begin with. I called her from work trying to get my point across, but it only seemed to make things worse. I got off the phone angrier than I was before I called, and my fellow employees knew that I was upset with my wife.
I went to lunch with some of my co-workers and they started to give me advice about what I should do. Their advice was wide-ranging, and I was told everything from getting a divorce to calling her back and telling her off. I scratched my head at these suggestions as I never read this in my Bible. I was not expecting spiritual advice per se, but I certainly was not expecting someone to tell me to leave my wife and assume things would get better. I asked the “panel” if they would cut off their leg if they got a bad bruise on their shin, and they laughed and said, “of course not!”
They thought I was crazy for saying that, but this was much like the advice they were offering me. They wanted me to leave my wife simply over a disagreement we were having. This was the last time I ever asked them for advice, and I told them to keep their day job and not to get into marriage counseling. It is important to whom we listen and from whom we get advice.
Pharaoh chose wisely and took advice from a man in whom the Spirit of God was found. He did not take lightly what Joseph had told him, and he followed his advice to a T. To whom are you listening? From whom are you taking advice? Are you getting advice from those who are walking with the world, or do you seek out those who are walking with God? The world offers advice that leads to destruction, but godly advice is invaluable. Proverbs 12:15 states, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth (listens) unto counsel is wise.” May we seek those who walk in and are filled with the Spirit of God instead of those who will just agree with our wrong line of thinking. May we seek godly advice and may we heed to the godly advice we are given.