Life can present us with challenges and decisions that are not easy to make on our own.
But, God focused people pray about everything.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Prov 3:6
But in times of uncertainty even after we have prayed… one should seek the counsel of other wise and godly people.
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14)
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Psalm 1:1
No matter how long we have been a Christian, no matter how strong we are in the Lord there comes a time in all of our lives when we need
advice or counsel on a matter.
Two things the Bible makes very clear are
the benefit of godly counsel and
the detriment of ungodly counsel.
Therefore it is imperative when seeking counsel that we examine the character and values of the person(s) of whom we receive advice.
Consider who you are talking to.
Of what character are they?
What values do they have and how high are they?
Have they failed at something you do not want to fail at?
(The only exception is the one who has learned and moved on!)
Receiving advice from a person who has no particular interest in your well-being most likely will not counsel you to do what is absolutely right!
Sometimes people tell people things that they want to hear and not necessarily what they need to hear.
Some people purposefully go to people they know will side with them.
Isaiah 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:
Someone who is walking in darkness cannot lead you in the light.
Someone who is spiritually blind cannot give you Godly counsel. “Jesus said, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?”
Witches, fortune telling, Zodiac, psychic hotlines….
DO NOT HAVE YOUR ANSWERS!!!
It is absolutely imperative to seek advice from people who know and love God, people who pray and who sincerely want what is best for us!
The immature and/or rebellious Christian’s do not ask for help because they have no intention on listening.
They feel it is no one else’s business and will not seek counsel.
Seeking wise counsel is a sign of maturity and humility.
It is a sign you want help. It is a sign you do not want to fail. You do not want to miss the mark. You do not want to make the same mistakes others have made.
“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.” (Proverbs 1:5)
(John 16:13). “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. “
“The way of a fool seems right
to him, but a wise man listens to
advice.” Proverbs 12:15
Godly counsel should be consistent with Scripture.
Godly counsel will never tell you to do something
contrary to scripture.
Find people who will help pray about your decision and not push you to make one in haste.