Proverbs 15:22 – “Without counsel [circle of confidants] purposes [thoughts, plans; intentions] are disappointed [divided; frustrated]: but in the multitude [abundance; many] of counsellors [advisors] they [one’s plans and purposes] are established [stand; strengthened; continue].”
Today’s devotional proverb brings to mind a quote by the late evangelist Dr. Bob Jones Sr. who said, “You can borrow brains, but not character.” I am of the opinion that some fools not only believe they know everything, but also can be told nothing.
The origin of the word “counsel” comes from the job description of a “harbor pilot” whose job it is to board a ship, take command of a vessel and guide it through the dangers of the channel and to safe harbor. The harbor pilot’s knowledge of the channel and harbor gives him the expertise to take command of another captain’s ship.
I have learned after 36 years of ministry not only the necessity of wise, biblical counsel; but also the tragic outcome for life, family and ministry when counsel is either avoided or rejected. Men and women who fail to seek wise counsel are often rewarded with disappointments, frustrations and failures they can ill afford and that follow some to their graves.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith