A Safety Net

“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety”- Proverbs 11:14

Decisions, decisions, decisions…

There are always decisions to be made. Some decisions require more thoughts than others. And for some, it is wise to get other people’s input. However, counsel cannot come from anyone. We need counsel from people who have a relationship with God.

When we make certain decisions without proper counsel, there is always a chance to fall outside of God’s will. Hence, our key Bible verse reminds us that there is safety in a multitude of counselors. The right guidance is designed by God to protect us not harm us.

Proverbs 11:14 contrasts those willing to receive guidance from those who aren’t. While the former can enjoy rich benefits, the latter are destined to fall.

As a single person seeking to date, guidance is a safety net for you to keep you from much heartache. Guidance is also crucial for anyone seeking marriage. How many marriages today and relationships would not have ended if one party or both gave heed to counsel? How many pitfalls could have been avoided if pride would have been laid down to embrace guidance from people with a proven track record with God? How many people would not have been broken or utterly destroyed had they listened to sound counsel prior to engaging in relationships? Oh, how many!

We see the evidence in 1 Samuel 25 of not listening to trusted advisors. King Nabal received word from David who was seeking his favor. Rather than turn to a few trusted advisors for guidance, Nabal decided to let his pride do the talking. In his anger, David was ready to retaliate and kill the people, but thanks to Abigail’s wisdom, the people were spared. However, Nabal still perished when he heard of David’s intentions. Oh, how sad that he could not see the importance of guidance!

Friend, let us heed to counsel. When God surrounds us with many trusted spiritual leaders and friends, He often uses them to speak to us and guide us. So let us lay down our pride and arrogance and allow ourselves to be taught by others. This is for our benefit. This is our safety net.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I confess that I don’t always listen to those around me. I recognize that it is foolish for me to make decisions on my own all the time. I thank you for the deliverance that I find in many counselors. I know you have placed them in my life to help me, to draw me closer to you, and guide me in my purpose. Thank you for giving me many teachers. Life is so much sweeter when others surround me with love and wisdom. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

October 09, 2018

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