Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14 (NKJV)
In what area do you want to see progress? Maybe it’s your marriage or your parenting. Maybe you want to grow in your faith or your calling.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” ~ African proverb
Without wise counsel, we can get off course as we pursue the things that matter. We can get discouraged at our lack of progress and fill our days with things that won’t help us move forward.
Where there is no [wise, intelligent] guidance, the people fall [and go off course like a ship without a helm], But in the abundance of [wise and godly] counselors there is victory. Proverbs 11:14 (AMP)
Wise counselors lead us to victory. So we should seek wise counsel because of the benefits of guidance.
Why to Seek Wise Counsel
Encouragement to keep moving forward. Progress can mean two steps forward and one step back. I love being able to cheer others on, to see them step into what God has called them to do. And seeing how they handle both success and setbacks gives me an example to follow and encourages me in my own journey.
Opportunities to grow. Friends have introduced me to books that transformed their marriage. They’ve shared workshops that encouraged them in their writing journeys. They’ve recommended conferences and writers that encouraged them in their faith walk.
Not feeling alone in the journey. I can get stuck in my head. Convinced I’m the only one who has ever struggled with the obstacles I face. Then I hear a friend confess the things that weigh on her heart and discover I’m not the only one.
Wise counsel encourages us to keep moving forward. It reveals opportunities to grow. It provides us with others to walk the journey with us, reminding us we don’t face it alone.
How to Seek Wise Counsel
Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Matthew 7:20 (NKJV)
Look to the character of the person and the fruits of their labors. Compare what they say to what God’s Word says. And ask the One who knows you best.
That proverb may be true that you can go fast alone. But going fast in the wrong direction can lead us further away from where God intended us to go. Let’s go far together, sweet friends, in the direction God has for each of us.
Reminder for the heart: Seek wise counsel to go where God intends you to go.
What’s on your heart? How has seeking wise counsel helped you? What helps you know who to listen to?
Originally published at https://www.crystalstorms.me on March 5, 2020.