Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. (Proverbs 15:22-24 NKJ)
The book of Proverbs continues with its observations. Verse 22 states that for any purposes or projects to be accomplished, good counsel is a must. In fact in larger projects, a multitude of counselors will get it done, as opposed to one man. Team work is vital for a large vision to be accomplished. A good counselor is one who weighs out the pros and cons of any situation and suggests the best way to accomplish something, or even to correct something, if it is needed. With a multitude of many counselors, the goals and purposes will not be frustrated, but will be completed because of good help. Each department will have good suggestions to get the thing established.
These verses are not referring to our modern-day counselors who help people with marriage or financial problems, as most people would not need a multitude of counselors to get their personal problems solved. However, one godly, Christian counselor who bases their advice on the Word of God could help immensely. The key for getting our problems solved is to find out what the Word of God says about our situation, and then apply it to our lives. Since God's Word never fails, we are assured of solving any problem and overcoming it. With God's Word and His strength, the Bible says we can do all things.
Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
We should be very careful in regard to seeking advice or counsel. We should always pray diligently to find the right person for our guidance. Worldly counselors could actually hurt a believer's walk with God, as their advice is not based on the Word of God. Many counselors in the world, will actually encourage selfishness in the believer, as humanism teaches a person to look out for themselves first. Certainly, we should take care of ourselves, but never at the expense of violating our moral values. Verse 23 says that a man who has a good word or answer to someone's problem will receive great joy out of sharing it with them. It is always a blessing to help someone else through giving good advice that keeps the person from being destroyed or overwhelmed by their problems How good it is for the person to hear of a way out of their troubles.
Verse 24 says when we walk in the wisdom of God, it is a pathway that leads us upward, to life in Him, so that we can avoid the path to hell that takes us downward. God always wants to lift us up, while the devil is the one who wants to bring us down. The Lord desires us to avoid the traps and snares of the devil so that we can walk in the things of God and be blessed.
Prayer for the Day:
Dear Father God, I am ever so grateful to have access to a reservoir of wisdom, counsel, and guidance in knowing You. I know when I have a problem I can ask You how to solve it, and You always have the perfect answer. Thank you for sending my answers in many different ways, and through many different people. I have been very blessed by the family of God, as they have reached out to help us in so many ways. I do appreciate the prayers of Your people. I also thank you for speaking to people to help us financially in this ministry. Lord, bless each person back in the form of their need. I thank You for my brothers and sisters in Christ. Bless them all and meet their needs. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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