The book of Proverbs has long been a “go to” book of the Bible for me; whether I am facing a difficult decision, need wisdom, or offering counsel to someone else. I have discovered the stability of God’s Word. I cannot trust my gut or feelings, those things change! God’s Word is eternal and stable (cf. Psalm 119:89).
The Bible makes it clear that not all counsel is the same. While I will admit that we can learn from anyone, I have limited the most intimate counsel in my life to family and two pastors who have demonstrated the fruit of the Spirit (i.e. love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). These are qualities that I value and desire for my own life, therefore they are the qualities of those that I allow to speak truth into my life.
In contrast, we are to shun counsel that focuses on worldly gain. The unwise counselor says, “We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, we shall fill our houses with spoil; cast in your lot among us, let us all have one purse” (Proverbs 1:13-14). Unwise counselors will not always couch their advice in these terms, but that is why discernment is essential. “Wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her” (Proverbs 8:11). Worldly wisdom is boastful of worldly accomplishments, but godly wisdom will always make more of Jesus!
Do you value knowledge? Are you seeking wise counsel? Wisdom is calling out, “Whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil” (Proverbs 1:33).
Dr. Chris Dortch has been in vocational ministry since 1993. His blog is aimed to "equip the saints for the work of ministry."