Proverbs 20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
This is one that hits me where it hurts. I am an introvert. I am a loner. I can get along with people. I can function in a group. I can have fun when surrounded by others. But I am at heart a lone wolf. I would rather think things through on my own than consult with anyone.
The word is used ten times in Proverbs. As I started reading through the verses I thought I saw a pattern that the counsel was from God. That would give me an excuse not to listen to others but it was only clearly God’s counsel four times. It seems that other believers might have something to say.
So? It seems like I will need to learn to listen. Sometimes that will be face to face. Sometimes it will be listening to the preacher. Sometimes I will listen when I read the Bible or the writing of other saints. I will always be an introvert but I must also be a listener.