“Whoever ignores instruction, despises himself. . .”

May 24, 2010

Hopefully you don’t despise yourself.  However, Scripture does say that if you are ignoring instruction, if you are not seeking godly counsel – then you despise yourself.  Pretty strong words!

The book of Proverbs has much to say on our need for godly counsel.  Following are just a few of the verses that apply to today’s topic:

“Whoever ignores instruction, despises himself. . .” 15:32

“. . . in abundance of counselors there is victory.” 24:6

“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” 11:14

“. . .a wise man listens to advice.” 12:15

“whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, . . .” 13:20

“Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” 15:22

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” 27:17

“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” 28:26

Who are the faithful few in your life from whom you receive godly counsel?  Not just in your spiritual walk, but also in regards to your family, your profession, your intellectual life and so on.

As you can see, the book of Proverbs has much to say on the importance of wise counselors.  Whenever the Scripture says that you are a fool if you trust in your own mind – that is a pretty straightforward statement to me of the need for godly counsel in all areas of my life.

What our CEO has done here at Life Action is to strongly encourage our senior leadership to develop their own personal Advisory Council.  I have done so and have been greatly blessed as a result.  The men providing me input are a pastor in Mississippi, a man who holds a position similar to mine but is in business in Indiana, the CEO of a large consulting firm in Mississippi, a businessman in Texas, and a pastor in Seattle.

These men have given me invaluable advice from how to perform better in my role here, to my marriage, to my walk with Christ.

So, I would challenge you to look at the different areas of your life where you would appreciate some wise counsel.  Once you do, start identifying the people you want to come alongside you in those areas and start developing those relationships.

Schedule recurring appointments with these people.  I usually talk with these men for 45 minutes to an hour once a month, which works for me.  You may need more or less.  Often the season of life you are in will dictate the frequency.

Also, consider a coach.  I am about to embark on a coaching journey with Ministry Coaching International and I am excited about what the Lord is going to do in my life as a result of this coaching relationship.

So – who do you have speaking into your life on a regular basis?  If no one, how are you going to change so that you have wise counsel being spoken into your life?  Maybe it is time for you to form your own Advisory Council??

Hope you have a blessed week!

BG