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.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Advice Warning Labels

(Proverbs 11:14 KJV)  Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

We usually have plenty of people ready to offer us “counsel” (guidance NASB) (8458).  When we are on vacation we stay in places that have cable.  We don’t have it at home so it is a perk for my wife.  I could care less since I hate TV in general.  When she calls me in to share the “wisdom” of the latest program I have a real test of patience.

I don’t know if it is still on but there was one she liked called “What Not to Wear.”  Chefs and home decorators are everywhere.  They all want to tell you how to find the perfect architecture for you life.  It is always good to know that a certain style will get you dates but since I am not on the prowl it doesn’t apply.

This word is used five times in Proverbs.  It is only used one other time and that in the book of Job.  It seems to carry with it the idea of “good” advice or “wise” counsel.  I don’t think that applies to what you find in your self-help section of the book store.  I think it is the kind of thing you find in the Bible and in godly people.

So?  Get advice but make sure of the source.  What are their priorities?  What is in it for them?  How is it working in their life?  The same warning goes for what you read on blogs like this.

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