For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure. Proverbs 11:14 (NIV)
Do you want to be able to make wise decisions? Do you want to spare yourself the pain of making dumb mistakes? Do you want to know what wise people might have to say about a decision you are going to make or a course you are going to take? How many times have you seen someone about to make a bad decision that would most likely end in disaster? When have you known someone, who thought they knew it all and needed no wise counsel from others? When have you watched a stubborn person fail to benefit from wise counsel and make dumb decisions and stupid mistakes? That sounds a lot like me. I have not been the best listener. I have not been entirely open to wise counsel from others. There have been many times when I felt completely capable of making my own decisions without any help and advice from anyone. I thought I knew it all. I thought I had considered every possibility. I thought I had accounted for every eventuality. I felt so confident and sure that I was making a good and wise decision. How has that worked out for you? I was wrong. I could not see what others could see. I did not know what others already knew. I had only my perspective. That has not been enough. I needed help. I needed counsel. I needed advice. I didn’t want it. I didn’t ask for it. I didn’t receive it. So, I have made many dumb decisions and stupid mistakes that have been costly in life. I’ve noticed.
What have you learned? What have your dumb decisions and stupid mistakes taught you? What will you do now that you would not do before? I have learned that it is my pride that has made me unwilling to ask for and receive wise counsel from others. It has been my pride that has told me that I could make all my decisions alone without help from others. It has been my pride that has made me so falsely confident and unreasonably sure. What will you do with your pride? I will set my pride aside. I will acknowledge that I need all the help and wisdom I can receive from others. I will know without a doubt that I do not know it all. That’s good.
Do you know that I want you to be able to make wise decisions? I want to counsel you. I want to guide you. I want to guard you from the pain that stupid decisions and dumb mistakes has caused you. You must listen to my counsel. You must receive counsel from wise advisors that I will bring into your life. Will you listen to me? Will you listen to wise counselors that I bring into your life? Yes Lord, I will listen. You have my full attention. That is very good.
Lord, help me to listen to the wise counsel you want to make available to me. Protect me from making quick decisions before I consult with you. Guide me by your word as well as fellow believers that you have brought into my life. Amen
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