Proverbs 11:14 where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Proverbs 11:14 highlights the importance of counsel. It is a deciding
factor in success. A synonym for counsel is information. A wise man once
said "if you are not informed, you will soon be deformed". Proverbs 4:7
says wisdom is a principal thing. What is wisdom? Wisdom is the
application of information or better still the application of counsel.
From every way we look at it the value of counsel is immeasurable. One
the reasons why people make mistakes in choosing the right partner in
marriages or business or profession is largely due to lack of counsel.
Many have started businesses without getting counsel, they say ‘brother A
is selling bag so I must sell bag’. Many sisters have fallen into the
wrong marriages because of lack of counsel. All because a brother can
speak in tongue or wears suit every Sunday does not mean he is a bor
again. There are a lot of problems that could be averted if only people
ask questions or get counsel. The bible even says Ask and it shall be
given to you, Matthew 7:7. Without counsel failure is almost inevitable.
Asides from getting counsel, the quality of counsel we receive
determines the pace at which we attain success and the quality of our
success. Not all successes are good. There are good and bad successes.
The source of our counsel is also important. Taking a marriage
counselling from someone who has never been married before will lead to a
disaster or business counselling from someone who has never done
business. That is why most married women who take marriage counsel from
their spinster friends’ end up regretting so also married men who to
take advice on how to treat their wives from their bachelor friends.
There are various ways to get counsel; they are through the Holy Spirit,
people, bible, books, seminars, lectures, conferenences and other
Christian literatures. It is very important that we check the source of
our counsel or who or where we take counsels from. A counsel from a
fellow who does not fear God is bound to lead to problems because his
counsel will lack the fear of God. That is why need to be very careful
of the success books we read. What does a man devoid of the Holy Spirit
know about good success? Any success devoid of living a righteous life
is not good success according to Joshua 1:8. Seminars that emphasizes on
ten ways to do this and that and not been spiritually filled or the
Holy Spirit offers little or no benefit. ACTION POINT: Check the source of your counsel !