Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. – Pro 11:14 KJV
“It takes different strokes to rule the world,” declares the theme song to one of my favorite old sitcoms. Diversity is important for a full and meaningful world. Diverse opinions and views are important to decision-making in a home, business, or church. People who try to go it alone end up falling and hurting others in the process.
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; – Eph 4:14 KJV
However, for a parent or leader to take every word, even from those considered to be authorities, as sacred, is to give up the duty of being discerning, sensitive, and aware of needs in your family or organization. To take advice and then blame the giver for a bad result is a common way of being irresponsible. Cruising through life on the default setting while complaining about what other people do to you is immature. Yet it happens in government, in business, in non-profits, in churches, and in homes.
The essence of becoming a child of God is to be able to make good decisions based on Godly counsel. This involved 2 parts:
– Knowing what is Godly
– Doing what is right based on Godly counsel
We are responsible for the actions we take and the advice we heed. Good intentions do not make up for foolish actions. Associating with people who are supposed to know more than you does not subject you to their judgment. No one knows you better than you and God. You need others to help you. More than that, you need the courage to make good decisions.
Take counsel. Heed wisdom. Make good decisions. Take responsibility. Walk the line.