The King bellowed the command, “Bring me a flask of wine and call my counsellors to the throne room!” The messengers scattered speedily throughout the corridors and into the courtyards beckoning the advisors to heed the king’s command. Within minutes, the royal court was filled with counsellors brimming with excitement, awaiting the king’s bidding.
The king arose from his throne and spoke one phrase: Should I make war or peace with Kauldron?
The advisors immediately began to converse with one another over the proposition presented to them. They argued for a good part of the morning, many of them refusing to alter their opinion. The king leaned over and spoke to his chief scholar, asking for his perception of the court proceedings. The scholar retorted, “I believe they lack clear vision.”
Proverbs 15:22 states, “Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.” A king depended upon the advise of his counsellors to help him make important decisions such as policy, war and judgment. Counsellors were selected depending upon their character, wisdom and experience. Often, a matter of life and death weighed heavily upon the counsel of these consultants. At times, they lacked clear vision or direction on how to advise the king.
Today, we do not have the personal privilege of a king’s counsel to guide and inform us when life’s difficult problems present themselves. However, we can seek advice from those we know who demonstrate a Godly life, success based upon character, and righteous living. We call them mentors.
Seeking those who would consider our cause, pray over it and help guide us to a good decision is valuable and priceless. A good counsellor will not tell us what to do, but advise us as to the pros and cons of the situation. Ultimately, we make the decision based upon what we hear and consider to be the best option.
There are those of us who tend to make decisions based upon our emotional status, upon the word of casual acquaintance, even the advice of a stranger rather than to seek out someone with proven wisdom in life matters. Based upon the former advisors mentioned, we head down the wrong path to a dismal ending.
“But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?” (Job 28;12) Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? (Job 38:36) No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies. (Job 28:18) Yes, where do we get priceless wisdom to help us understand our problem completely? How can we truly trust any man with such intricate matters of heart?
Daniel, a man of God and counsellor to King Nebuchadnezzar, knew where to find wisdom to guide him in life, ” . . . blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding. . . O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.” (Daniel 2: 20-23)
When we seek advice, it would greatly benefit us to seek out the Lord’s counsel before making any final decision. In fact, we should pray to him first, prior to sharing our concerns with and asking the advice of mentors. Men (and women) will give us good counsel, but if not coupled with God’s — we may be headed down the wrong path.
God is able to see what you cannot, he knows what lies ahead. He also knows your strengths and weaknesses. Who better to advise you on how to proceed? He desires the best for you. “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. when you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.. . I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed. ” (Jer. 29:11-14, MSG)
Seek God’s counsel first, your counsellors/mentors second, and your decisions will be wise and successful.