(Proverbs 15:22 KJV) Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
Let’s face it, most of us do not seek a lot of opinion when we already know what we want to do. We avoid “counselors” (3289). Too often they tell us what we don’t want to hear. But assume the best, you want to know. Where do modern Americans go for counsel?
Google. Be honest now. When you have a question, you Google it. The fact that the owners of Google are filtering the information you get to shield you from certain information does not slow us down. I am at the point where I use it for a spell check. It can be one source of information for counsel as long as you understand that it is biased against real truth.
You Tube. When I want to know how to change a windshield wiper it not only tells me, but shows me. When I want to know how to service my water softener, the same. When I want to know how to live an upright life and walk in righteousness, it has severe limitations.
There are two traditional sources of counsel that are falling into disuse. The first is the concordance. I am not talking about the pathetic, edited child’s toy at the back of your Bible. I am talking about the one that is four inches thick and has tiny print, the one that lists everything. It is a good place to start when you want to know what God has said about something.
And of course there is the one who is called Counselor. This is the One that Jesus said He would send us. The Holy Spirit is a bit of counsel that needs to be sought more often.
So? Do your homework but don’t forget to ask the Holy Spirit to be your guide and interpreter. He is waiting to provide the insight and understanding that lead to holiness and wisdom. Consult Him often. He does not keep office hours.