5 A wise man is strong,
Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;
6 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war,
And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
We live today in a self-made world. Phrases like, “If its to be its up to me” and “Follow your passion” and so many others teach us from a very young age to find what we want to do and to do it. The idea of getting advice is dependent on the situation and if the advice we get does not agree with what we want to do then we are free to ignore the advice and do what we wanted to do. Purchase and payment plans enable us to buy things without advice. Take a moment today and notice what a person of wisdom does with important life situations.
The proverb begins with a statement, a truth: “A wise man is strong.” When we consider the strength of a man or a woman we consider whether they are people of wisdom and character. One who lives acting on wisdom is considered one who is strong. But look at the punctuation here, we do not see a period but a comma and then a semi-colon indicating that this is one sentence that requires full consideration to gain full meaning.
A wise man is strong, a man of knowledge increases strength, when he uses wise counsel and when he seeks the safety of a multitude of counsellors. (Please read this again.)
There is a reason that I do not like to ask others about my ideas or plans, they often criticize my thoughts, change them, or completely throw them away and tell me to start over. Quite frankly, I think my ideas are very good and worth moving forward on; others see problems and holes in my ideas and suggest changes based on their experiences, their studies, and their emotions. So, no, I do not like to ask others to critique my ideas. (The foolish idea that my ideas are good apart from the multitude of counsel around me has gotten me into trouble more than once.)
So then, if we are to be people of wisdom and knowledge, we need, yes, we need to ask those around us, those who know us, those who love us, and those who will be stuck with our ideas, for their counsel. Furthermore, a person of wisdom will seek the counsel of others, this is wise behavior.
We buy insurance for all types of calamities; this proverb tells us that safety in life comes from asking other people for advice. People of wisdom ask others for counsel and advice before they go to war, before they make life-changes, before they make great mistakes.
While the coronavirus continues to spread, we, the ones who believe we will go to heaven to be with Christ, should be the ones showing compassion and confidence to those around us. We should not be foolish regarding our health but we should, using normal cautions, care for those who are in fear. There is a proverb that states, “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but safety is from the Lord.” Yes, we prepare for the issues around us, and yes we have confidence that God is ultimately in control of the outcome. Pray together for God to use even this outbreak to bring people to His mercy, grace and peace.
Have a great day in the Lord,