Proverbs 19:20—Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.
We are told in Proverbs 15:22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. How do we know if the advice we receive is good or correct?
An example may be the advice received in the following situation: A married couple have seemed to grow apart from one another. There doesn’t seem to be much love between them anymore. They find themselves arguing most all the time. They both seek council. One receives the following council: It is crazy some of the things you are telling me. You don’t have to put up with someone who never agrees with you. Your partner has changed so much since you got married, it is evident that your love has grown dry. I think you should file for a divorce and find someone who will treat you the way you deserve. The other receives the following council: Thanks for sharing your heart with me. It sounds like God has a lot of opportunity in your marriage that can only make it stronger and your love to grow. He tells us in Proverbs 8:33 to Listen to my (wisdom’s) instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. So let’s look together at what His wisdom is like. James 3:17 tells us—but the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. It sounds as if God is very hopeful for your marriage. I know it is challenging but God’s promises are true. Let’s pray together, and then keep me posted on what God is doing in you and your spouse.
So we can guess which counsel is truly one worth listening to. Perhaps that is why God tell us that there is wisdom in an abundance of counselors. This is not just for when we are having marital problems, these verses about His counsel can be applied to any advice in any situation that we seek counsel for. Proverbs 11:14—Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
We know that God’s Word the Bible is the best place to search for answers.
2 Timothy 3:16—All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.