“Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed.”Proverbs 11:14(MSG)

Many relationships, businesses and careers are thriving on good counsel, while bad counsel has wrecked a lot of homes, dreams, and organisations. Counsel is a recommended course of action. That means it has the ability to greatly influence your life if you chose to act on it. Whether you will succeed or fail in life is largely dependent on the quality of counsel that you act on per season of life. Therefore, it is very important to seek the right counsel from the right source. Proverbs 11:14(MSG) says’ “Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed.” Good counsel can transform your plans into great achievements.

Sometimes, we make plans and intelligently strategize on how our plans will succeed, without seeking counsel from the Lord. God is interested in every aspect of your life. He believes in your success and He is willing to show you how to excel if only you will consult with Him. The Bible says, “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord that shall stand.” Proverbs 19:21 KJV. The message translation renders it beautifully, “We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God ’s purpose prevails.” Brain storming is good but divine counsel is better. Never leave God out in anything you do. Instead, learn to plan around His counsel.
Divine counsel is always superior to the wisdom of men.

You must be careful not to allow some persons to play ‘god’ of counsel in your life. You know such persons by their attitude towards you when you reject or accept their advice. They are happy with you when their counsel prevails, but they abuse and badmouth you whenever you refuse their counsel. Don’t be afraid to drop any counsel that negates God’s perfect Will for you. Always prioritize the counsel of God for you, because it is only God that knows and sees the end of a thing from its very beginning. Their counsel may even proceed from a heart of love and genuine concern, but if it contradicts God’s plan, don’t hesitate to dump it.

Jethro’s advice versus God’s advice to Moses on a particular issue is a classic example of the superiority of divine counsel. Moses seemed to need help in leading the people and Jethro offered counsel: “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens…” Exodus 18‭: ‬21‭-‬22. As good as Jethro’s advice was, it still fell short of God’s perfect Will. It was only a matter of time, Moses was back in the same situation.

Unlike Jethro, when God was to address the same problem, He did something that the mind of Jethro would never have conceived. God said to Moses: “And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.”Numbers 11:‬16‭-‬17 KJV.  The men that were chosen could not have been able to serve the people without the influence of the Spirit of God who had helped Moses all along. The counsel of God is success-proof. If you chose to follow God’s counsel, no matter the circumstance, you will never cease to excel in this life.

PRAYER: Thank You heavenly Father for Your counsel. I chose to follow Your counsel in every aspect of my life in Jesus name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY: Judges 18:5-6, Psalm 1:1-3.

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