Wise counsel is hard to find in this day and age. Everyone waters down the Word and gives carnal advice (Proverbs 12:15). We are blessed when we know the difference and refuse to listen to ideology from sinners or those who mock God (Psalm 1:1). Godly men and women give the best advice (Proverbs 11:14-15). We give them the details of our circumstances and they pray with us and give us Biblical advice. Any advice contrary to Biblical precepts is useless and vain. We are wise to disregard unbiblical counsel.
However, we often close our eyes to the facts, refuse to trust in the Lord, turn our back on His wisdom and spurn His advice. Then, we end up eating the bitter fruit of our pride and experiencing the panic of the path we chose (Proverbs 1:29-32). So often our choices come as a result of our desires, as well as the advice we receive from others and the example set by our elders and our peers. However, our choices are more effectual if we walk in the guidance of the Holy Spirit moment by moment throughout the day.
When we do things our way, we step out of God’s will and have no spiritual power in our efforts. We strive and strain until we give up or burn out (Galatians 6:9). God loves us even when turmoil fills our heart and we are frail, ignorant and desire-driven. In His rich mercy and great love, God forgives our sins (Ephesians 2:4-5; Romans 5:8). When we repent, the mighty Lord, who lives within us, rejoices over us with gladness, He quiets us with His love and He exults over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). How lovely!
When we listen to the Lord’s direction, we live in peace and safety (Proverbs 1:33). God’s Spirit equips us with everything we need to accomplish the will of God with our life (Hebrews 13:21). As we follow the leading of God’s Holy Spirit, He brings ultimate fulfillment and deep contentment, peace and joy to our life. He holds our right hand and keeps guiding us with His wisdom and counsel all the days of our life. When we take our last breath here on this earth, God receives us into the glories of Heaven (Psalm 73:21-24).
At times, we have unfathomable issues in our heart that we cannot access or understand. However, a Godly counselor is trained to help us to uncover them (Proverbs 20:5). Sometimes, we depend on our peers for advise, but they do not have the experience that an older person has (1 Kings 12:6). Our Pastor and his wife accumulate wisdom from advising people, as well as their own life experiences. Our parents know us better than anyone, and they too can offer sound advice. Our spouse should also give us counsel, especially if the decision involves him/her. Even our children may have wise counsel if they are Godly.
Prayer:Father God, all the days of our life are in Your hands (Psalm 31:15). We cannot live a successful life on this earth unless we live in the center of Your will (Proverbs 3:5-6). We depend on Your wisdom to guide us through each day, and to put us in the right place at the right time to perform Your will in each moment. We thank You for our daily bread, for forgiving our sins and for helping us to forgive those who sin against us. By Your Spirit we stand against temptation and we live a victorious life through Christ in us.
Thought for the Day:Without wise counsel, our endeavors are often disappointing; however with the wisdom of many counselors our plans come to favorable fruition. – Proverbs 15:22