Book: Proverbs 20
“Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.”
Today is my birthday and so as I reflect back on my life I think of my Dad who passed away several years ago, who gave me good counsel. He was one of several men in my life who I would go to when making significant decisions. One of those times was when I had one course left to finish a Bachelor of Science degree. I was already working in a ministry and did not see any real need to take the final course but he encouraged me to complete what I had started. Years down the road, that counsel and decision resulted in the ability to move into a different ministry God was calling me into.
Getting good counsel has definitely helped me make wise decisions.
Finding good counsel means first finding men and women who you know give this kind of counsel. You want people who are looking out for your best interest, whose counsel is based on God’s Wisdom and who will not give counsel based on their emotions. I think of the minister in the movie “Faith Like Potatoes,” when he was asked, by the main Character, if he should plant potatoes (everyone else was saying NO). The minister said, “I would say no but if God has told you to do it, you had better do it!” The result was an incredible crop of potatoes that amazed everyone.
If you have not identified several people who you can go to for “good counsel” I encourage you to start making a list and think this through. Doing this ahead of time will prepare you for when the need arises.