The Value of Wise Counsel

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Wise Counsel.

A topic that stirs up great passion within me.

I am deeply convinced that Godly wisdom is the greatest indicator in how well one’s life will be lived. This of course, is implying that one has already accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ invites us to accept a new life in Him, and wisdom teaches us the ways in which we’re to live out this new life.

Wisdom invites us into God’s way of thinking. And the human mind naturally gravitates against it. This is why it must be sought out like a rare treasure. Wisdom holds incredible value and it needs to be diligently pursued. We are not wise on our own. It is God who is the Wise Counselor and we need His insight.

Wisdom rejects a mediocre life, and invites one of high-quality sustenance. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t want to settle for mediocre. As I embrace my role in this holy dance, I diligently pursue His counsel. In return He provides me with the insight to live an amazing life.

Let’s see what the Word has to say about wisdom:

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and discipline (implying we must seek it in order to gain it); for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair;for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion (good judgement) to the young—let the wise listen and add to their learning (implying humility is wisdom since one who is wise continues to seek after advice), and let the discerning get guidance —for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:1-7

I’m not sure about you, but I want everything wisdom has to offer: The discipline to do what needs to be done to reach my goals, the ability to understand words of insight,  and the discernment of what is right and wrong in this whirlwind of chaos called life. And I want to avoid senseless mistakes.

Let’s define wise counsel. Wisdom comes from the Lord. Counsel is advice given to one person by another. Therefore, wise counsel is the advice or insight given to another person that is based on God’s truth. It is not a wisdom that is based on the limited understanding that man possesses. Instead, it is from an infallible God who knows and understands all things. If the advice you’re receiving is not scripture-based, then I would strongly encourage you to evaluate your sources of insight.

What are sources of wise counsel in one’s life? Great question. The first source should always be the Wise Counselor. And I would encourage you to always go to Him first. Wise counsel can range from several different sources: The Word. Your Pastor. A mentor. Your spouse. A close friend. A parent. A therapist. Just make sure the advice is based on the Truth, because it’s the Truth (not opinions) that sets us free.

Now, let’s take a stroll through the Word to observe God’s take on this issue:

The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” Proverbs 12:15

We need to be quick in gaining insight from Godly counsel. It could save us from major heartache down the road.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2

It takes humility to receive insight from others. Pride tells us we already know everything and don’t need to listen to anyone.

“He walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20

If you want to be wise, find wise people and spend time with them. You will learn a ton!

A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.” Proverbs 14:15

Wisdom causes us to evaluate the way we spend our time, our money, our relationships, and our efforts.

“Plans fail for a lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22

When we lean on our own understanding and refuse to seek counsel when faced with a dilemma (and lack any experience on the current situation) then we can often fail by making poor choices. There is power in humbling ourselves in seeking help.

He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.” Proverbs 15:31

We are wise when we allow people to confront us with God-given truth, even if it hurts. 

A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.” Proverbs 16:23

Wisdom must be in the heart (the wellspring of life) before it can be spoken through the mouth. We must pay attention to what people are advising us to do. And we need to carefully observe how they live their lives.

“The purpose of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.” Proverbs 20:5

Wise counsel when used by the Lord has a way of bringing out the deepest issues within us. I often refer to this as purging our souls.

A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength; for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.” Proverbs 24:5-6

We need wise advisers when we’re faced with difficult decisions. I have learned to always seek insight when faced with uncertain challenges.

“A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.” Proverbs 22:3

A wise person individual will heed to Godly counsel and take the appropriate measures, while a foolish individual will keep going and suffer the unnecessary consequences.

He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.” Proverbs 28:26

Trusting in ourselves alone is dangerous. We must seek His counsel and truth to direct our lives in order to dwell in safety.

May we all seek after a life of excellency with the aid of wisdom.

As opportunities arise, may we all remember the value of wise counsel.

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Edited by: Keith Becker

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