Day 9: Wise Counsel
This morning I would like you to imagine a person.
This person might be quite a charming person, or they might have a large circle of friends and seem to be the life of the party. Maybe they have a good career, or maybe it just seems like they have most of life figured out. It looks like they have got it together, and on most occasions they can give what they feel is good advice on a variety of subjects.
One thing though: They never seem to be able to listen to advice from others for their own life.
When you look more closely, they seem to make the same mistake with their finances, or relationships, or other life decisions again and again. They still seem to think that the way they do things is the right way, but then get upset with God or everybody else when things still end up badly, and despite lamenting with their friends, what their friends have to say to them somehow falls on deaf ears.
Scripture has a name for these kind of people, it calls them fools:
Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.
People ruin their lives by their own foolishness, and then are angry at God.
Scripture, and especially the book of Proverbs, has so much to say about foolishness and wisdom, that it seems very apparent that we get to choose between the two. We can choose the way of foolishness, thinking that the way we do things is the right way OR we choose to be wise.
The key thing here is this: We cannot expect to hear God’s voice speak into our situations, if we hold on to thinking that our way is right (foolishness).
Proverbs has a lot say about how we can be wise:
Those who listen to instruction will prosper, those who trust the Lord will be joyful.
Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.
Plans go wrong for lack of advice, many advisers bring success.
Plans succeed through good counsel, don’t go to war without wise advice.
If we truly want to hear God’s voice, hear His will for our lives, and be wise in our decision making, it is essential that we seek wise counsel and together discern what God might be saying.
This past Sunday, Ross and Gary spoke clearly into how that works, on using the gift of discernment in groups to understand what God might be saying, and I would really encourage you to download that preach off our website if you missed it.
For now though, if you want to hear God speak through others by seeking wise counsel/advice, here are some practical tips to get you started:
Find one or two friends that you trust, who you know are maturing in their faith in Jesus.
When speaking to them about where you want to hear God, do not withhold details that you know would affect their ability to see the situation clearly.
Pray together asking the Holy Spirit to speak into that situation.
Once you have heard from your friends, spend more time with God, using other ways that He speaks (ie. The Word, Fighting for Peace, Fasting) to confirm whether or not He has spoken through your friends.