This is One Thing That Could Be Drowning out God’s Voice

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe” (Proverbs 29:25).

The fear of man has tripped me up in more ways than I can count. One of the biggest problems it’s caused me is a lot of confusion and difficulty in making decisions. When I get caught up in people pleasing, I have a very hard time hearing God’s voice because my mind is cluttered with everyone else’s opinion.

We’ve all heard the saying ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’, but then there are some cooks who shouldn’t be in the kitchen at all!

When I have too much confusion going on in my head, it usually means there’s too many opinions in play. And just like the extra cooks messing up the meal, there are some people, however well-meaning, whose opinions I’ve allowed to confuse me and drown out God’s voice.

It’s good to seek advice, and we’re told in scripture to seek godly counsel…. but too much of anything is well…just plain bad.

Take it from a recovering codependent who’s acted on the ‘advice of fools’ more than once. The best thing to do, in addition to praying for God’s will, is to pray that He would bring a few specific people (and a few does not mean 500) into your life who can speak wisdom, encouragement, and truth. And, if you’ll forgive me for being so blunt, that He would also give you the discernment to know who to tune out.

  1. Has listening to the advice of too many people caused problems for me? If so, how?
  1. Who do I have in my life I can trust to give me wise advice, encouragement, and direction?

 

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Rochelle says:

    So true! I’m a people pleaser, and I’ve been working on that for about 5 yrs. It’s hard, because I feel guilty if I don’t volunteer or help clean up at events. But with my rheumatoid arthritis, I just don’t have the stamina I used too. I HAVE learned to be an advocate for orphans via social media & that brings me joy & a feeling of “helping” ! Thanks for your great words! 😊

  2. It’s a tough thing to break free from! I’m so glad to hear you recognize it, that’s half the battle! Thanks for reading!

  3. deneentb says:

    Love this advice. I am amazed at how God shows up with Resources (people) to give me the right word at the right time. Specific prayer gets results. Pray for one person to come into your life that speaks truth to you and grow other relationships that enrich and inspire you. Deneen

    1. Thanks so much Deneen. It’s been a long journey to this lesson:) Thanks so much for reading!

  4. mrpayaso says:

    Thank you for your inspirational insight Jodie!!! You hit the nail right on the head!!!

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