Mr. Worldly Wiseman
With a person like this, we see only “wise” and overlook the “worldly” part. It is easy to forget that true wisdom comes from God. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
How can we know that the advice that we are getting is coming from a worldly wiseman kind of person?
1. He will encourage you to do things yourself. Suggest that you get rid of your problems yourself.
2. He will discourage you from listening to a godly person, like a parent, a pastor, a Christian friend. He will likely try to get you to think that this person just doesn’t understand the difficulties that you will face, so cannot help you to avoid them.
3. He will belittle the Bible. He may say things like, “The Bible is old-fashioned. It doesn’t keep up with modern things.” “You can’t take it too seriously.” “God wrote that for that time period; it doesn’t apply to today.”
4. He will not encourage you to depend on God alone. He will suggest people or their remedies to help you.
The result for those who follow this kind of teaching is that the burden or problem that you are trying to solve will only be greater. Fears will be increased. That is what happened to Christian. “His burden now seemed heavier to him than while he was in his way.”
When God sends someone to help you, like He did by sending Evangelist to Christian, listen to that person. It is embarrassing to be caught in a wrong, but if we listen to correction and rebuke, we will come out so much better.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.