Counsel for Young and Old

1. Hear & Heed (Romans 10:17)
2. Seek & Anchor (Colossians 3:1)
3. Hide & Prevent (Proverbs 4:23)
4. Bless (Matthew 5:16)
5. Preach & Live (2 Timothy 2:15)
6. Rejoice & Value (Philippians 4:4)
7. Meditate & Direct (2 Corinthians 13:5)
8. Resolve (Colossians 3:5)

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(#98) The Proverbs of Solomon 15:22-Where Do We Go From Here?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 15:22: “Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.”

“Counsel” (advice, wisdom, guidance, good judgment) is what may be called “a second opinion.” Since God “works all things according to the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11), the best “counsel” anyone can give or receive comes from God’s Word.

People who act hastily on their own, frequently do the wrong thing. The more we learn before we make a decision, usually the better is the decision. “Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, And he sins who hastens with his feet” (Proverbs 19:2). A husband and wife can be more balanced in decisions than either one acting alone! A corporation is badly run by one person without regard for workers or customers. Government is ruinous when it refuses to consider the people’s convictions. “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14). Wars waged with no thought for the safety of its soldiers, no planned outcome, no definition of victory, are foolish, indeed. “Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war” (Proverbs 20:18).

Plans are successfully carried out when “counsel” is deeply considered. “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out” (Proverbs 20:5). The older we get, the wiser we become, if, in our experiences, we have learned to “listen to counsel.” “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days” (Proverbs 19:20). Nothing anyone advises us to do that is against God’s Will is right! “There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the LORD” (Proverbs 21:30). Even the Jewish teacher, Gamaliel, told opponents of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, “’And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it–lest you even be found to fight against God.’ And they agreed with him, and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go” (Acts 5:38-40). Sweet smells satisfy like good advice from a trusted friend. “Ointment and perfume delight the heart, And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel” (Proverbs 27:9). It’s not just “counsel” but the wise counsel that helps good “plans” accomplish their goal.

Who is advising you about clothes, hairstyle, tattoos, piercings, friends, music, recreation, education, drugs, job, marriage and family? The best “counsel” comes from God’s Word and from those who have learned His Wisdom. Jesus Christ is called “Counselor, Mighty God” in Isaiah 9:6. He gives only the best advice. “Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:20-24).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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(#39) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:14-Advice on “Advice”

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

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

If by “counsel” one means advice, then more than one opinion is necessary for leadership to succeed. Government by only one opinion is destined to fail. The Israelites split their kingdom into North and South when Solomon died, and his son, Rehoboam, rejected the advice of the elders who had advised Solomon, and instead, heeded the advice by those who were his same age and inexperience (1 Kings 12:1-17). Even personally, decisions should be made with extra information involved from a proper source. Let’s not forget this is a Book of Proverbs of Solomon to whom God’s Wisdom had been given!

Other proverbs uphold this wisdom: “Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established” (Proverbs 15:22); “Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war” (Proverbs 20:18); “For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 24:6). Our plans fail “without counsel,” and no one should “wage war” without “wise counsel.” Some try to live completely free of “wise counsel,” and their lives end in wreck and ruin. Some try to rule by war “without counsel,” that is, impulsively, without considering from where the money or manpower will come, or having a strategy to win. The idea of a “multitude of counselors” simply emphasizes the need for considering all sources of knowledge possible before making the decision. A good way to lose a fight is to not observe and know your enemy!

There is a reason we need “second opinions:” when one doctor diagnoses a serious illness; or we are buying a vehicle; or choosing clothes; or making financial decisions; or choosing school classes. The reason is: they can give us information we may not know. This is the very reason we should turn to God’s Word and use every principle or recommendation of His we can apply. Under Moses’ Law, God decried the condition of His people when, as a nation, they became “void of counsel,” “without understanding,” who needed to be “wise” (Deuteronomy 32:28-29). Under Jesus Christ’s Law, the Apostle Paul said to the Elders of the Ephesian church of Christ, “I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). This is always needed, not just “in church,” but throughout society, as well!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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A Recent Question For God

My question for God is the same as Jeremiah’s question for God: “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?” (Jeremiah 12:1).

God’s answer can only be found “in the sanctuary” (Psalm 73:17), “a place of meditation on God and His word. A spiritual place of prayer and worship, where one comes to understand who God is” (see below Southside commentary).

The answer is that the wicked won’t prosper very long – theirs is a temporary state. In fact, “those who are far from You [God] shall perish” (Psalm 73:27) – they are presently walking on “slippery places” (Psalm 73:18), and they will have an end (Psalm 73:19,27).

God will render judgment on these folks in His time (Romans 12:19), thus patience on our part is required, totally trusting in God, and being guided by God’s counsel (Psalm 73:22-24).

The Southside church provides additional commentary on the above listed texts http://www.southsidechurchofchrist.com/bible-articles/jeremiahs-burden.html

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A mother is the truest friend we have, w…

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

Washington Irving

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