Seeking advice keeps us safe

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Proverbs 24

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.

7      Wisdom is too lofty for a fool;

He does not open his mouth in the gate.

The message of these verses is that getting the advice of others is a good thing to do. First, we see the wise man, the one strong of character who continually gains knowledge and strength. In the medical field and in the teaching field people must get continuing education credits and renew certifications. They are increasing in knowledge of their field and we think this is good.

When a country goes to war, we hope they have gotten good counsel before putting lives and resources at risk. War is risky and the ones in charge need wise counsel. Many Presidents are criticized for going to war without the right wisdom. However, when a multitude of counsellors get together safe actions result. The one who learns to ask others and to listen to them will not go to war with a great risk, for their risk will be minimalized by the counsel.

A foolish person cannot seek the wisdom of others; they think their wisdom is superior to others so there is no need to listen to anyone. In the gate, that is in the presence of people of wisdom, the foolish person does not ask for advice.

Most of us are not going into literal battles where our very lives are at risk; however, there are many times in life when the counsel of others should be sought and submitted to. One of the problems with youth is that they think they know what they want and they think they know what will happen next. Young people and young adults need to stop and seek advice of those older than them to keep from regretful decisions. And yes, we as adults still need the counsel and advice of others before we step into regretful situations.

Let’s begin and continue to seek the multitude of counsel throughout our lives so that we continue to live in the safety of wisdom.

Yesterday at church we had a taste of heaven. Our congregation regularly has people from all over Asia in the service. Our international regulars come from South Africa, Sweden, Ecuador, Brazil, Australia, Great Britain, and the U.S. Yesterday we had visitors from India and from Sri Lanka as well. What a joy to share the joy of the Lord with so many people from so many nations.

As Christians, we are the ones to be praying first for our brothers and sisters who are suffering with the COVID-19 virus. They are suffering and crying out to the Lord and we can cry out with them. There are other brothers and sisters who are putting their own lives at risk to care for those who are infected. Then we need to pray for those who are seeking a vaccine to have God’s wisdom to get this discovered much more quickly than usual. We do not have anyone here yet, that we know, who is infected, but it shouldn’t be long as this thing spreads so easily. If God is trying to get the world’s attention, I hope they are listening.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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