Wednesday June 15, 2022

Making Friends The Right Way: For Elderly Counsel.

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 6:9-12.


Making friends for counsel is choosing a friend who is superior to you in terms of age, experience, or in the field of your occupation so you can receive some good counsel that can direct your path towards the fulfilment of your goals. Such friendship is not chosen casually but strategically. You will need a lot of humility, discipline, yielding, teachable spirit and the grace to catch some virtues to be in such friendship. Such friendships mostly have direct great impact on one’s life when chosen and handled well. This is what many call ‘mentorship.’

Timothy’s life and ministry was greatly impacted by Paul so much so that his call from God was hugely fulfilled. Joshua followed Moses in humility and was fully equipped and ready to step in his shoes to lead the Israelites to the Land of promise. It took a lot of humility and discipline for Joshua to wait on Moses anytime Moses went before God. This is because Moses usually kept long when in the presence of God.

Joshua had the patience and discipline of waiting on God so that after Moses had left, Joshua stayed on. (Exodus 33:11) As expected, Joshua was the one who led the people of Israel to the promise land after Moses had left the scene. One might think it was automatic. No! Gehazi proved that it was not. Gehazi could have probably inherited a double portion of Elisha’s grace if he had learnt the discipline, patience and godliness to serve Elisha. Gehazi did not benefit from that superior friendship. (2 Kings 5:20-27).

Probably you have no superior friend from whom you can receive at least good counsel because you are waiting to be chosen. You can also choose someone but you have to be humble enough to know how to stay in such friendship to fully benefit.

Prayer Guide: Father, please direct me to a superior friend who can contribute to the fulfilment of your plans for my life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Memory Verse For This Week:

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV) – Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”