WISE COUNSEL. I was reading this morning in 1 Chronicles how King David wished to show kindness and sent men into another land to bless the son of a king whose father had died, Hanun. This king had been kind to David and David wished to repay his son for the kindness showed to him. But Hanun listened to bad counsel and humiliated David’s servants instead of welcoming them and receiving David’s kindness. Good did not follow.
Fast forward a few years and King Rehoboam, Solomon’s son rejected the wise counsel of his elders and instead listened to the wicked counsel of the young men he surrounded himself with. Evil ensued. Wise counsel is wisdom. It begs the question, who are you giving your ear to? I could tell you countless stories of people who have received wise counsel and those who rejected the wise and instead gave their ear to the foolish.
In my experience, people that desperately want God’s way will heed wise counsel; but those whose hearts are divided and who ultimately want their own way will reject the wise. I remember one person who literally went to five different people seeking counsel. Each person was a godly lady and therefore gave this person godly counsel according to the Word of God. They eventually left our church because they wanted a different answer. They fall into the category of the fool, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds (*godly) counsel is wise.” Prov 12:15 *my emphasis “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Prov 1:7
This happens ALL THE TIME! The fool seeks a voice that tells them what they want to hear. These fools fall into the same trap of Hanun and Rehoboam. Only evil and destruction comes from wicked counsel. These men brought unneeded war upon their land. Now maybe your counsel is not that drastic, but wicked counsel will bring a destruction of some kind to your house.
How do we know if we are receiving wise counsel? First, is your heart fully devoted to seeking the Lord? Do you love Him above all other things? Because if not, if your allegiance is divided and your straddling the fence of the world; you are susceptible to falling on either side. No amount of pleading from a wise counselor to do the right thing can persuade a selfish and divided heart. You will eventually do what you want to do. And it might turn out OK for a time; but destruction is coming.
Second, who are you seeking counsel from? When you look at their life, does it line up with God’s Word? Are they honest and committed to the Body of Christ? Do they love God, His Word and His ways above all else? Are they trustworthy? Me, I’m not seeking counsel from anyone whose not faithful to the Lord, faithful to His things and faithful to His people. These are covenant breakers and covenant breakers cannot be trusted.
Third, if it is not according to God’s Word, it is not of God. Many want to circumvent God’s holy Word and say, “God told me”. No! God is not in that. His written Word is His revealed Word to us. We don’t need to seek counsel when it’s clearly in His Word. Do what the Bible says and your will get the Bible results. Lastly, if it’s not clearly in His Word, seek the plans from the Lord above all.
Sometimes, even the wisest counsel is not God’s will. You are to seek the Lord’s counsel and plan. Don’t disregard wise counsel, but put all plans before the Lord with prayer and supplication. Proverbs 19:20-21 Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days. Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the Lord will stand.#runyourrace
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