Counselors

“In a multitude of counselors, there is safety.”  (Proverbs 24:6; 11:14)

THE TWELFTH STEP:  Seek wise spiritual counsel.

The verse quoted above is found twice in the book of Proverbs (the Bible uses repetition for emphasis.)  This proverb of the wise does not mean you should consult a multitude of counselors when you come to that fork in the road;  that would be very confusing, because a multitude of counselors could possibly give you a multitude of opinions regarding your difficult decision.

When the wise men who wrote the book of Proverbs made this statement twice, they were teaching two basic truths.  In the first one (Proverbs 24:6), they are telling us that when two nations go to war with each other, the nation with the multitude of counselors will more than likely win that war.  (That is what our Pentagon is all about.) In the other proverb (Proverbs 11:14), they are telling us that when we come to that fork in the road, if we have had a multitude of good counselors in our lifetime, in other words, a good spiritual education and spiritual mentors, we will be better equipped as we make our difficult decision as to which side of that road we should travel.

There is a beautiful passage in the prophecy of Isaiah that affirms this:

“… But your eyes shall see your teachers. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30: 20-21)

Are you making time for good Scriptural spiritual education and spiritual mentors now, so when you face a fork in the road you will hear God’s word for you?

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