Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Seeking Wise Counsel (How Hard Can It Be?)

Ever feel confused or uncertain about an upcoming decision or life choice?

A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel. Proverbs 1:5

The Bible tells us not to lean on our understanding, but to let God guide us in every area of our life. When faced with a decision, we are to pray and read the Word to get our answers. 

There are times, though, that even after prayer we still feel confused and desire to seek the advice of a friend. But who should we talk to? Who qualifies as wise counsel?

Ask yourself these questions:
  • Is the person I am considering for counsel walking in integrity? Are they the same person in all situations?(church, work, socially)
  • Are they "walkin' their talk"? In other words, are they living as they say they believe?
  • Do they easily share information about others (gossip)?

This week, let’s read and meditate on the following scriptures as we examine what God’s word tells us about wise counsel and His wisdom.

The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. Proverbs 12:15
The word is very clear that godly counsel is valuable and that un-godly counsel is very dangerous. Examine the character and values of the person with whom you are seeking guidance.

A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel. (Proverbs 1:5)
Seek to understand and be open to learning, even if that means correction. Acquire wise counsel when necessary. This is a sign of spiritual maturity.

Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe. Proverbs 28:26
Trusting our own insight can have destructive results. Pursuing and following God’s wisdom is always a safe choice. 

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
Learning to discern between wise and unwise counsel requires complete trust in God. We can rely on those who seek, listen and follow the Holy Spirit to give sound guidance.

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