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In Pursuit of Wisdom

Proverbs Podcasts 2020 #13

Warren E. Berkley

 

This is Podcast #13 in this series of brief podcasts based on the book of Proverbs. I post these every Monday. This is being posted on Monday, June the 8th.

In my Bible class yesterday, we discussed passages in the book of Proverbs where there are recommendations to consult with good people who can help us.

Listen to these two passages:

Prov. 11:14

 

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

 

Prov. 15:22

 

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

Just reading these two passages, it seems simple and valuable. It certainly is simple and valuable. It is a component of the divine wisdom given in Proverbs.

Surround yourself with good counselors, people who can help, encourage and perhaps offer constructive criticism.

But like every other brief statement or Proverb in the Bible, there is an overall context that needs to manage us in applying these statements.

One qualification is – We must not think that having many counselors to encourage us to do wrong, cancels the guilt of the wrong.

I cannot, for example, plan to rob a bank; call in many advisors and experts, then take safety in my abundance of counselors. That can’t be right. Therefore, we go into this knowing this cannot be used to justify anything that is wrong to begin with. No matter how many we have on our side.

Motive must be accounted for. If I seek advisors and consultants in great numbers, and take their vote as justification, I started out with the wrong motive.

So, in applying these passages, I must take into this – why I want these many counselors. What is my motive?

It is also understood, I need to seek counselors who are faithful to the divine wisdom I’m committed to.

If I’m going to surround myself with a good team of people, the people on that team need to be good people, who share my commitment to serve the Lord. That’s the outcome that ought to be shared by my advisers.

Prov. 24:6 says, “…for by wise guidance, you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.”

For Christians, doesn’t this tie in closely with what Paul said to the Christians in Rome? He said to those Christians, “I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another,” (Rom. 15:14).

So, let’s help each other go to heaven.

Thank you for listening.

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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