Since 2020 a lot has changed in the world. One of the things that seems to be a change for the worse is the stress and division that appears prevalent almost everywhere you go. Families aren’t getting along as well, kids are under a lot of pressure with conflicting information, and friends have gone their separate ways. While it’s hard to pinpoint each and every reason for the differences, one reason is easy to spot. Over the last few years, many people seem to have moved away from seeking out wise counsel and have reverted to getting their information from just one source, which can be dangerous if those sources aren’t reliable or if they have ulterior motives.
Listening to just one source on any topic can often lead to extreme decision-making. Mainly because we know there is no perfect source in this world except for God’s word.
The book of Proverbs highlights the importance of having wise counsel.
Proverbs 11:14: Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Proverbs 19:20-21: Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days. Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord will stand.
Living in a world that is becoming more individualistic, the common sense and wisdom that often came from getting counsel from a mentor are fading. Nowadays, more and more people get their news and guidance from one source that is usually skewed to one extreme view or another. That is becoming increasingly visible in the divisive conversations between family members, friends, and others around us.
Looking back on my life, some of the best decisions I have made have been in situations where I consulted many people from different walks of life and was able to put together a moderate approach that took all of the different perspectives into account. Not doing this has led to some of my worst decisions.
So, if you haven’t taken the time to make sure you have good counsel to consult with when you face important life decisions, I would encourage you to do so. It can make all the difference in the outcome of your decisions.