Every day we are faced with any number of decisions to make; and how we make them will depend on factors such as inborn temperament, life experience, and the influence of others. Many decisions are routine and familiar, but every now and then we are called on to make decisions that will have significant consequences. No matter how “worldly wise” we may be, the truth is that no one has all the answers to every problem. We are limited by our own perspective and it is very hard to see beyond our world of experience. That is why it is important to seek out counsel from those we respect and who will tell us the truth (from their perspective, anyway) and not only what we may want to hear.
In Proverbs 15:22 we read, “Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors, they are established.” If we have established that seeking counsel has merit, we also need to consider the sources of counsel. Consider the words of Job 12:12-13, “Wisdom is with aged men, and with length of days, understanding. With him are wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding.” Is there an elder in your life to whom you can turn? Sadly, in our culture today, sometimes the elderly are treated like aged children with simple minds. But let’s face it, someone who is older also has more experience; and their experience may be just what we need.
Having good counsel can keep us out of trouble, too. Look at Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Do you have a counselor? If not, there is One I can highly recommend: “. . . His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) His other name is Jesus.