Wise Counselors Bring Victory
Proverbs 24:5-6 (ESV) – A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
In my seventeen plus years of pastoring, I have made more than my fair share of mistakes. All leaders do. I have known the right decision but took the wrong approach many times. Hasty actions can kill a leader and/or an organization, even when they are the right actions. This is why we need to act with wisdom in all decisions.
Our passage today points us to how we can find that wisdom in any area of our lives. We read in the proverb, “A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.”
Consider the argument he makes. A man of knowledge enhances his might. In what way would a man of knowledge do this? By gaining wisdom through the abundance of counselors. The proverb continues by saying that wise guidance can help you wage war and in the abundance of counselors there is victory.
You might not be waging war, but the analogy applies to many circumstances. If your company makes big decisions that not only bring profit but help it to win market share or add employees, you want to win the “war.” A family decision about moving or taking a new career is a decision that can be aided with additional counselors. Maybe it is a ministry or conflict between friends. How do you resolve these things? You can go with your first instincts or impulses, but victory belongs to the ones who have the wisest counselors around them. Why? Because they are the ones that avoid the missteps along the way. The right decision done in the wrong way or at the wrong time, can become a bad decision. Wise counsel helps mitigate this issue.
What are some issues in your life where you should seek additional counsel? Maybe it is a marriage or parenting issue. Perhaps you have decisions to make regarding your business or place of employment. It could be a church or ministry decision. Find some wise people in your life that you can seek their counsel and you will increase your victories along the way.
A wise man is full of strength,
and a man of knowledge
enhances his might,
for by wise guidance
you can wage your war,
and in abundance
of counselors there is victory.
- Proverbs 24:5-6 (ESV)
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Reflection & Journal:
- Why do we often skip getting additional counsel from people?
- What help do additional counselors provide that we may miss by ourselves?
- How have you seen this play out in your own life? What are some examples of this?
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