Our lives are filled with complexity so it is not surprising that we need counsel from time to time. It would seem that we have more help than ever before with all of the information that is available at our fingertips. We have instant access to virtually unlimited research, opinions, statistics and online data. And now we can ask friends and family for immediate insight no matter where in the world they are.
Add up all of this and you might think that we can easily solve any problem. And yet many problems remain. We know that God has the answers we need, so we should turn to Him. We also know that He uses wise people in our lives to help us, so we should seek their counsel.
Proverbs 20:5, Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out.
This proverb helps us understand how we should approach God and the people around us for counsel. This is a picture of water that is deep below the surface. It will take some time and effort to get that water. In the same way, when you turn to God to get answers, solutions, or direction for your life, you must draw out His counsel. You must invest some time in His Word and put forth effort to seek Him in prayer. You should allow time for Him to speak.
This same picture applies when we go to other people for counsel. Of course you want things resolved quickly, but the quickest answer may not be the wisest one. When you seek counsel from someone you should plan to spend some time with them. It will take time for them to get a good understanding of your situation. When you hear the answer of a wise person, ask them questions so that you can also hear their heart. With each question you ask you pull that bucket of wisdom closer to you.
God has wise counsel for you in His Word and in His people. Spend time with both and draw out the abundant life He has promised you.
-Jerry & Kim S.