Proverbs 11:13-16 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure. A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
In today’s world, there’s a great need for counseling. With the fast paced, complicated lifestyles so many people live today, it’s no wonder we often need the advice of others.
There are also numerous people attempting to fill this need. Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Personal Life Coaches, Annalists, Pastors, Counseling Centers, and the lists go on. These are a few on the professional level. Then there are moms, dads, friends, neighbors, your spouse, sometimes children, and other relatives also weighing in on the subjects of your life. Next, you have your employers telling you what to do to in order to succeed there. The church is telling you what you need to do in your spiritual life. Possibly a director of a program you have joined as a hobby for enjoyment is also telling you what you ought to do. It would be easy to look at our verses today and say, well the problem of no counsel, is not a problem. I have many people trying to counsel me, and give me advice. I must be safe because it says, “in the multitude of counsellors there is safety,” and I have a multitude counseling me.
This all sounds good on the surface. A question might be asked though, are your counselors taking counsel themselves from God’s Word, or are they directing you by what they think might work?
God’s ways are rock solid. If given a chance, and followed as written, they always work. Man’s ways may work for some, but not for all. The multitude of counselors should all be able to back what they say with the Word of God. They should also be directing you to God’s Word. Otherwise, it’s just a gamble, with your life held in the balance.
Sometimes people go to counselors, when all they really needed to do was read the Word of God daily. He is the ultimate mighty Counselor.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
2 Kings 14 – 17 / Proverbs 11:13-16
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Samuel 28-31 / Luke 22:1-34
Living In His Word Ministries
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