An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Profit from Prophets

(Proverbs 15:22 KJV)  Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

Last month I commented on the first part of this verse.  There is value in consulting with others.  The second part of this is the other side of this advice.  We need to be careful how we pick our “counselors” (3289). 

The world is full of people who want to give us advice.  TV, Radio, self-help and how-to books are omnipresent.  You are naive if you think that their real goal is to help you.  What they want is to sell you their product or exert control over you. 

When you listen to someone you need to make sure that what they have to say is in agreement with the written word of God.  That is impossible if you are not reading it yourself.  A counselor is no substitute for doing your own homework.

So?  Walking with Jesus is not a spectator sport.  Get to know the instruction manual.  You will find that if you read it you don’t need near as much counsel as you thought.  The knowledge will also help you wade through the fluff and find the dispensers of real wisdom.