Godly Counsel (Proverbs 12:2)

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We have a universal need for godly counsel, Ironically, we also have a nearly universal tendency to spurn godly counsel. In our pride, we think that we have all the answers, or at least that we can figure them out on our own. Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” It is rare for someone to admit their ignorance and consistently seek wise counsel as a matter of course. Those who do seek counsel often shop around until they find someone who tells them what they want to hear or agrees with what they have already decided.
We need counsel because we do not know everything. We have gaps in our knowledge that we may not even be aware of. We need instruction and advice from outside sources to make up for this lack.
Where we go for counsel is just as important as if we seek counsel. In fact, bad advice can sometimes be worse than no advice at all. It is crucial that we go to the right sources when seeking counsel. Getting good counsel is not always easy. It requires a lot of work, but the reward is worth it.
Once we have received good counsel, it is up to us to use it properly. Knowing what to do and not doing it benefits no one. Having admitted our need and properly sought godly counsel, we must then act on it. When we do, we find that we make wiser choices. That is good for us, and it glorifies God the most.