Wise Counsel

Something about an asset of mine was just discovered
So, I quickly started to think, is this an asset I should keep
Seems like in the long run, I would lose my money
But how can I dispose of this asset and come out credit clean
So while my mind is racing hastily on how to dispose
God says–don’t make a move until you seek counsel

Slow down and think this thing through
Ask opinion of others who care about you
It’s so many variables, so many scenarios
Digest the information before deciding to dispose

So I ask, how would I know if I have received wise counsel?
I would have prayed about what next steps should be
I would have asked opinions of those who care about me
I would have researched all options carefully
Then

The decision I make won’t be detrimental financially, though a gain I may not receive
It would leave me feeling comfortably
And I will be able to look back and say nothing regretfully
Lord, thanks for counseling me wisely
On how to make the decision that’s best for me

Scripture Reference: Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 19:20, Proverbs 21:5
Background
Making a major legal decision in a haste can surely lead to complications or put you in a situation of being worse off. Thank God I learned to slow down and seek the advice of others. Proverbs 21:5 cautions us that making a hasty decision can lead to financial ruin whereas taking the time and being diligent can lead to financial gain. Proverbs 11:14 tell us to seek the council of others. Other people can see things we don’t; or they have a different perspective that can be beneficial to our decision making process. And finally Proverbs 19:20 tells us to hear counsel and instruction so that we can make a wise decision. The best counsel is listening to the voice of the Spirit and following its direction.

The Estimate

Saved up for this day
Knew a lot I would have to pay
The approximate amount I did calculate
So I drive it in for the estimate
And from the sighs of the service man’s face
The estimate would be a lot more than what I saved
He told me he’d get more details and to wait
I told him I would start to pray

Afterwards he calls me to look at this detailed paper
And sure enough the amount far exceeded what I saved for
He then tells me I can get it done with little money
As I should get a forgiveness from the company
I didn’t go there initially
As damage was caused by me

Can’t worry about the future of my name
Cause my wallet can’t take the pain
So reluctantly to the company I honestly explained
And they quickly set up a claim

And in the end, I had to pay
Far less than the estimate
And all I can do is exclaim
Thanks and praises in Jesus name

Scripture Reference: Ephesians 3:20-21
Background

Not only can God bless, He can bless beyond what we expect. I had prayed my estimate would be no more than the money I had saved for. But the service man said it would be much higher. While this was a setback, it was very temporary. The serviceman went on to explain on how this should be a claim. So, after filing the claim, I ended up paying far less than what I saved for. God not only answered my prayer, he blessed me exceedingly, abundantly beyond my expectation like the Scriptures in Ephesians 3:20-21 says He can.

Real Estate Burden Relief

So, I brought this piece of real estate
And based on what I did calculate
The profit from it would be great
But from day one of when I started to renovate
I realized I made a huge mistake
So much, that nothing more did I ever hate

A factor in the mistake was parts were cheap
But I didn’t factor in the installation fees
Then had hard time finding the help I did need
And my right hand person quit on me

So what should be profit turned into deficit spending
As repairs needed were never ending
Financially and physically me this was killing
I begged God for relief

I put on the market, but couldn’t sell
One day I asked God specifically why
He responded it will sell, if you make this figure your price
And sure enough came those to buy

After closing, I was walking down the street
Calling everybody and talking loudly
From this burden God set me free
Thanks, Lord for delivering me.

Scripture Reference   Exodus 14:14-31, Matthew 11:28-30
Background
Sometimes the very best investment decision or any decision can turn out not to be a good decision after all.  Our abilities to know how the future will turn out are limited.  And we can’t control what happens the future.  But no matter what we do in life, we have a God that is always willing to accept the mistakes we have made, take burdens off of us and restore us.   In the Scriptures of Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus tells us to cast our burdens on him and he will give us rest.  God will deliver us from our burdens.  A great example is in Exodus 14 where God delivered the children of Israel from the suffering of the Egyptians.