Proverbs 11:14 – Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors, there is safety.
Have you ever been faced with a major decision and feel unsettled about it? Of course, you have. Now how many of you decided to make a move despite the unsettledness you felt in your spirit and didn’t bother seeking the counsel of other more seasoned and mature believers? If you answered yes to this, You probably learned a tough lesson in the process. Chances are, you ended up making the wrong decision but wasn’t aware of it, until it was too late and the damage was done. This scenario can be played out regarding many aspects of our lives from who we should date, marry or be in a relationship with, friendships, business transactions, positions, moving to a different location, buying a new house and the list goes on. I know I have been guilty of reaping the fruit of rushing to make a major decision without first seeking wise counsel from a multitude of counselors. Who are these “counselors”? These are men and women of God that has experience under their belt!
They have already walked the path you are about to embark on, They have already faced the Giant you are about to face, They have endured the storm you are now in, They have faced the trials in their marriage that you are now experiencing. They have faced these circumstances and have come out on the other end and have the testimony with it. The result of not seeking counsel before making major decisions will inevitably leave damage that has to be rectified. One recent example of this was a major door that opened for my family and I that would require us to move out of state and relocate. Everything in the natural looks great, sounds great and to some would be a no-brainer, However, once the cloud of excitement and clamor wore off we realized neither of us had total peace about fully committing to that decision.
As a result of this, we had to break the news to some very good friends of ours, but knew that after seeking counsel about the situation from more seasoned and mature saints, that we could not ignore the unsettledness in our hearts and if we were to suppress that and push forward anyway, down the road it may have resulted in something that could have been disastrous for my family. In any major decision, we must always seek wise counsel in a multitude first. I have also learned the hard way that if 5 out 5 of these counselors are telling you “NO” on a major decision, you don’t do it! If you decide to go against this and do things your own way out of compulsion, excitement or rebellion, you will likely be regretting your decision down the road.