Who do you allow into your life?
I think this is a question we should be actively asking ourselves on a regular basis.
Who are you allowing to come and speak into your life?
Who are you trusting with the deepest desires of your heart?
Who are you allowing into the most sacred part of who you are?
Who are you allowing to walk through life with you?
Who is there with you in the highs?
Who is there in the midst of the turmoil?
One of my devotions from a while back and really stopped me in my tracks. When I came across a particular spot, I just wanted to throw it out the door. At the top of the page was the title for the week’s topic: Wisdom in Relationships. Well, after the week I’d had I wanted nothing to do with that topic at all. But I begrudgingly grumbled to begin just so I could check it off my of daily to-do’s. The opening scripture was Proverbs 13:20, “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble” (NLT).
I stopped dead in my tracks. Stunned. How rude of God to be smacking me in the face with exactly what I needed to read in that moment? Okay, I see you God. I’m just going to push myself out of the way and try this again. This is exactly what I needed to be reading. I started over and began reading again.
“Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”
Our relationships and friendships have the potential to have a very large influence on our lives. God’s Word urges us to have wisdom in relationships, choosing friends who are even-tempered and who display wisdom.
What criteria have you established for your friendships? God has gifted us with friends who can be a wonderful source of comfort and wisdom, but we must choose our friends and manage our relationships wisely.
I got to the end and was just in awe. How wonderful is it that thousands of years ago Solomon wrote a simple this phrase that would later impact my heart so deeply? How incredible is it that someone a couple years ago sat down to write a devotion and one of those particular days would be so healing for my soul?
“Don’t question who God removes from your life, He heard the conversations when you weren’t around.” God is not first working on your happiness; He is committed to your holiness. Your emotions can damage you, that’s why we are warned not to think on our own understanding.
Our heart can deceive us. We must trust God that He knows best and keep our emotions in check.