This is PART 4 of the 5 PART Series titled “Lessons on Finding and Fulfilling God’s Will”.
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 passing 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.
Advice is all around us. We're constantly bombarded with advice. Yet what advice we heed makes a vital difference in our lives. The Bible says much on the subject of counsel and places a priority on the voice to whom you listen. Be so careful with whose advice you follow and make sure any choice you make follows God's commands. Remember that even one bit of heeded bad advice can take you off God's path for your life.
Psalm 16:7, I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
Proverbs 15:22, Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellers they are established.
Proverbs 24:6, For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellers there is safety.
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.
Those who admit they do not know everything and seek godly counsel protect themselves from destruction. Many of the decisions that we make each day are determined by the advice we receive; may we choose to regard wise counsel. Much of the course of our lives is determined by the input we get when making decisions and whether we heed wise counsel when we receive it. Refusing to listen to godly counsel places us on a pathway to destruction. Each of us has a heart that is deceitful and subject to being deceived, for this reason counsel is so important, so that we can evaluate the situation and respond from a Biblical perspective. When we try to learn from those who do not have knowledge and wisdom, we end up worse off than we were when we started. Those who learn from fools will simply become more foolish. Bob Jones Sr. said, “Education without God makes men clever devils.” There is no source of true wisdom apart from God. When we seek the Lord’s counsel, He promises to bless. But when we attempt to handle matters ourselves, our purposes are disappointed. Are you in a difficult situation right now? Commit the matter to God. God is faithful and faithful He will forever be!
Points to Ponder:
It’s no mistake God has placed wise people in your life.
You must decide to listen and learn from their counsel.
Listen and learn from those who are instructing you in godly wisdom.
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 do you listen to for counsel and advice?
Are they living to glorify God or is their advice based on selfish motives?
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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