Seeking Wise Counsel is extremely important regardless of what type of problem you are facing in your life. There is always someone who knows more than you in regards to how to turn a problem into a solution.
God’s Word tells us that there is benefit in a “multitude” of counselors.–Proverbs 11:14
“It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘always do what you are afraid to do.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson
With the understanding that a wise counselor is someone who knows answers which will be directly applied or directly relate to your problem. It is also important to know that everyone who claims to be a counselor can give wise counsel regarding every topic.
In other words, never follow any advice, no matter how good it sounds, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind concerning that the counsel is indeed wise.
If you are seeking financial counseling, be sure to go to a financial counselor, or a financial adviser.
If you are seeking counseling in regards to your physical health, then it is important to go to a physician, nutritionist, or qualified trainer or fitness expert.
If you are seeking advice regarding marriage or relationship counseling, then you need to seek after someone who has wisdom regarding relationships. Such as a marriage counselor, minister or relationship coach.
“No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.”–Hunter S Thompson
The point here is to seek ‘Counsel’ where it can be found! However, never just listen to only one persons opinion. Go after a second opinion, or else seek out a second voice to confirm or corroborate with the advice you have been given.
Be sure to check out the counsel you are given by the Word of God.
Realize that counseling is of little benefit to a person who doesn’t want to seek wise counsel, or who doesn’t want genuine change and growth. It just ends up being a waste of your time. The desire for change has to be there in order to benefit from counseling.
“The way of the fool is right in his own eyes; but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.”–Proverbs 12:15
“If honest of heart and uprightness before God were lacking or if I did not patiently wait on God for instruction, or if I preferred the counsel of my fellow-men to the declarations of the Word of God, I made great mistakes.”–George Mueller
“He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.”–Francis Bacon
When seeking wise counsel, there must be an honest approach in identifying where a person is and what they are ready to receive. Do your homework and research the qualifications of the person you seek after. Be sure they are qualified to give good sound, usable advice.
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It is very important to seek wise counsel. You then have to use the advice to help you to turn your problem into a solution. This is a very valuable post. Angela, thanks for sharing! L&S