Counselors Might Not Agree With Each Other
- Proverbs 24:6 “For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.”
We tend to think that “multitude of counsellors” means that every believer/preacher we seek counsel from will give the same advice. That is definitely not the case. We have many, many different “Christian” branches for a reason. Even in fundamental, Bible-believing, Baptist churches there are many different opinions and views. Why is this? The negative reason for our differences is because we are all frail, mistaken, sinful humans who are extremely limited and corrupt in our understanding. The positive reason for different counsel is because each counselor is not a robot, but rather a unique individual with different backgrounds, cultures, experiences. Differing counsels are not necessarily bad if they line up with Scripture. Of course, we also all have very deceitful hearts that cause us to believe lies and even counsel others in deceit.
Throughout the Scriptures, we see the kings’ various counselors not agreeing with each other like Rehoboam’s older and younger counselors in I Kings 12. The reason kings had a “multitude of counsellors” was to accumulate a wealth of insight, information, and opinions from his various advisors. Their various views would, hopefully, better help the king correctly make important decisions. In multiple advisors, there was safety. The same applies to believers today. We are at “war” with Satan, the world, and our own flesh. We need “wise counsel” from a “multitude of counsellors” in order to make the important decisions of life. Even if those counselors don’t see eye to eye, their various insights and experience can help you better ascertain what the correct, Biblical decision is.
It is important, though, to make sure that you are not seeking “a second opinion” simply because you do not like the previous counsel you received. Any and all counsel you receive must be checked by the infallible Word of God. This is why our text, Proverbs 24:6, reads “For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war”. Whether the counsel you receive from people is correct or not is determined upon the truth of Scripture. So, make sure that whatever advice you receive from the pulpit at church or at the park from friends lines up with God’s inerrant Word. If man’s counsel disagrees with the Bible, the Bible is what is you should follow. The Bible is always “wise counsel” and therein is “safety.”