Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. –Proverbs 11:14
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. –Proverbs 12:15
I’ve been reading through Proverbs lately and have taken note of the many, many exhortations to heed wise counsel.
One of the greatest blessings of David’s job at our church is the “inside access” we have to the rest of the staff. Of course, the church leadership is in place to serve the congregation as a whole, but because David works closely with his fellow staff members, there is a natural connection over shared experiences which creates the opportunity to solicit their insight.
As we have sought counsel from trusted, godly people, we’ve found the Proverbs to be overwhelmingly true. By inviting wise people to speak into our lives, our perception of our circumstances is more accurate and well-rounded. Wise counsel safeguards us from personal blindness, and it perpetuates wisdom – it takes wisdom to listen to wisdom.
Living in isolation was never God’s design, as evidenced by the way He places us in families and gives us the gift of marriage. Further, He intends the Church to be a spiritual family, as we anticipate the day when He, our Father, welcomes us, His adopted children, into the Home He’s prepared.
As we reflect on the truth of God’s Word, let’s believe it! Let’s believe in the importance of wise counsel – both giving it and receiving it. And let’s consider who God might be wanting to use to speak into our lives, and how God might be wanting to use us to speaking into others’ lives.
Most importantly, let’s remember the Source of all true wisdom, and seek Him before we search for it – “Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3).