Thursday, 9 October 2008

Counsel

We seek the counsel of many experts in the course of the day. Some of these relationships are professional and others are casual. In the office, we might speak with attorneys, doctors, architects, psychologists, retired officers and any number of high level professionals.

Advice comes in many forms. How do you really know if the counsel is worthy or dependable? Of course, you first consider the source. Does the person have recognised qualifications? Have you received trustworthy counsel from this person before? Does the person prove the counsel in his or her life?

And what about the person's faith? Sometimes we take advice about the most precious decisions in life from people who aren't connected to the Lord. I've discovered that when we seek the appropriate counsel I'm likely to make a better decision.

James 1:25 (MSG)
25 But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

These are the words of the Lord.

Annette said...

The counsel of staff could be most valuable in this season of appointments. What do staff need from their managers and team leaders? What strengths do we see in our superiors, what weaknesses need to be addressed before the next appointment? I feel these are important questions that could aid the process.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes we do not ask others for their honest thoughts on us because we could not bare to hear what they have to say. Just might be the same reason we do not go to the Lord as often as we should also.

Anonymous said...

James 1:

2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

gotquestions said...

Sometimes we take advice about the most precious decisions in life from people who aren't connected to the Lord.

Are you implying that Christians are wiser and more knowledgeable than non-Christians?

Jim Knaggs said...

Another good question.

I think what you are asking relates very much to what are "life's most precious decisions". Certainly, if I have a computer question, I'll ask a person who knows about computers. If I'm asking a question about my health, I'll consult a Doctor and so on...

Life's most precious decisions relate to questions about faith and/or say choosing a husband or wife. These questions are best answered by people who know God and who trust Him for their lives. God, who knows all about you, and who only hopes for your very best, and who knows what's coming down the road is the best source to seek for these precious decisions.