When their bank accidentally deposited $120,000 into their account, a couple went on a shopping spree. They purchased an SUV, a camper, and two four-wheelers in addition to paying off bills. Discovering the deposit error, the bank told the couple to return the money. Unfortunately, the husband and wife had already spent it. They were then charged with felony theft. When the couple arrived at the local court, the husband said to a reporter, We took some bad legal advice. The two learned that following bad advice (and spending what wasnt theirs) could lead to making a mess of their lives.
In contrast, the psalmist shared wise advice that can help us avoid messing up in life. He wrote that those who find genuine fulfillmentwho are blessedrefuse to be influenced by the advice of those who dont serve God (Psalm 1:1). They know that unwise, ungodly counsel can lead to unseen dangers and costly consequences. Also, theyre motivated by (find delight in) and preoccupied with (meditate on) the timeless and unshakable truths of Scripture (v. 2). Theyve found that submitting to Gods guidance leads to stability and fruitfulness (v. 3).
When were making decisions, big or small, about our careers, money, relationships, and more, may we seek Gods wisdom found in the Bible, godly counsel, and the leading of the Holy Spirit. His guidance is essential and trustworthy for living a fulfilling life and not creating messes.