Why is it that so many people (including myself) make so many foolish decisions? Why do people get entangled in messy relationships, sticky job situations, and dire financial crisis?
Often it’s because they don’t ask others for counsel. Wise, God-honoring decisions are made in the abundance of counsel.
Proverbs 15:22 says:
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
I’m a big fan of having my plans succeed. If I want my plans to succeed, if I want to honor God, if I want to walk in God’s will, I must surround myself with many advisers.
One of the primary ways that God reveals his will is through the wisdom and advice of other godly men and women. God created us to need other people. We have gaps in our knowledge. We don’t see everything clearly. We get fuzzy on what really matters. The advice of others fills in the gaps, brings clarity, and cuts through the fog.
God reveals himself and his will through others.
When you’re facing an important decision – a new job, relationship, church, etc. – bring it before others. Talk to men and women who are wise. Ask those who are older than you and have more wisdom. Discuss it with your parents and pastor. Ask your close friends who know you well.
Take the position of a learner. Don’t arrogantly assume that you see everything clearly. Ask them:
- What Biblical principles apply to my situation?
- Is there anything I’m not seeing clearly?
- What would you do if you were in my shoes?
- Do you have any concerns with my decision?
The consequences of acting without counsel are serious. Plans fail because of a lack of counsel. Relationships, jobs, and church plants have all disintegrated because of a lack of counsel.
Plans succeed in the soil of many advisers. Find God’s will for your life by asking for the counsel of others.
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