Lessons on Finding & Fulfilling God’s Will (Proverbs 19:20-21) – PART 4
3. God uses godly counsel to instruct us. Proverbs 19:20-21, Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
A young couple took their car out for a Sunday ride one afternoon. While driving on a country road the car’s engine suddenly died. The young man got out to look at the car, but to his frustration, he didn’t have any idea what to do to get it running again. An older man passed by stopped and offered to help with the car, but the young driver didn’t seem interested. So, Henry Ford, the maker of that car went on his way, and the wise advice and help he could easily have given was never received.
Too often we’re tempted to think, “I don’t want anyone’s input! I’ve already got my mind made up. I already know what I want to do. If I ask for advice, someone might tell me my plan is a bad idea.” The foolish person doesn’t seek or listen to counsel from others before making an important decision. Don’t be indecisive—or decisive on your own.
Below are three Scriptures and regarding heeding wise counsels and the consequences of refusing them:
Proverbs 11:14, Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Fools think they don’t need advice, while wise men seek counsel. Without sound counsel, failure is likely. Likewise, multiple counselors give further insight.
Proverbs 12:15, The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
Fools do not take criticism well. They buck when corrected. They tend to be proud and self-righteous. The wise person will listen to criticism and correction.
Proverbs 13:20, He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
It’s been said, “We will become like the books we read, the movies we watch, the friends we keep, and the media we listen to”. The company we keep does influence us. Bad company corrupts good character. Those who run with fools will eventually be destroyed by their sin (I Corinthians 15:33; Psalm 1:1).
A great problem existing today is that many people lack wisdom.
· A lack of wisdom leads to situations being handled poorly.
· A lack of wisdom leads to conflicts.
· A lack of wisdom leads to broken relationships.
· A lack of wisdom leads to loss of productivity.
· A lack of wisdom leads to a loss of happiness.
Points to Ponder:
People can learn wisdom in three ways:
1. From the Bible - This way is the BEST way.
2. From the mistakes of others - This way is a GOOD way.
3. From your own mistakes- The WORST way.
Questions to Consider:
Who are the wise, trustworthy advisers in your life?
Who are the solid Christians who want what’s best for you?
Who cares more about what God wants for you than what you selfishly want? Advisers don’t indulge you; they instruct you.
PRAYER: Lord God, thank You for the godly people that You have allowed to come into my life. Help me to walk in Your instructions and live a life pleasing unto You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
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