“Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.”
Proverbs 20:18 NLT
“But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers.”
2 Chronicles 10:8 NLT
I highly believe in getting wise counsel. I try to surround myself with people who are wiser than me and not just my peers. There’s a danger in just getting advice from people who are in a place emotionally, financially, and spiritually where you currently are.
Apostle Timothy Adams shared this with me via text:
You have been blessed this day with a capacity for more. You are not destined to remain in the 30-fold realm. Step out of the 30-fold and into the 60 and 100-fold experience that I have appointed for you. Realize that 30-fold fellowship and common ground will have to be left behind when you move to the 100-fold authority and benefit. A 30-fold believer will never receive or tolerate 100-fold truth. That doesn’t make them less than. It doesn’t make you better or more spiritual. It simply means that you refuse to be so invested in the lowlands of spiritual experience that you are content to live without the fullness of all that I died to provide in your life. Press in, says the Father. Step out. Be willing to be misunderstood in your hot pursuit of all that I am bringing about this day.
We often settle for “spiritual lowlands” because we are comfortable with people in our age and stage. There’s more that God wants to give you but you keep rejecting wise counsel.
King Rehoboam was the Son of Solomon, one of the wisest King’s to ever live. The irony was that his son rejected the wise counsel of his father’s counselors. Instead he listened to the young men he grew up with and they gave him bad advice. The older men told him to listen to the requests and concerns of the people to win their loyalty. The young men told him to ignore the people’s concerns and rule with a heavy hand. He listened to his friends and lost the loyalty of his people.
- Put some wisdom in your circle. Their should be a diversity of voices that you listen to. One of the mistakes of young people is to discount wisdom because they label “old” as “irrelevant.” You don’t get old by being a fool.
- Don’t let your youthful zeal cause you to be blinded by egotistical arrogance. You don’t know everything. Wars are won by the multitude of wise counsel. Be in conversation with people who’ve been to war not just with people in a hurry to fight.
- Humble yourself to get advice from people who know more about life (wisdom) and not necessarily more information (knowledge) than you have. There are poor rural farmers who have given me better advice than some scholars. Wisdom is not the same thing as knowledge. Wisdom is lessons learned through experience. Some people have not ventured out of the classroom to put theory to practice.
I once was young and now I’m old and I’ve never seen anybody fail who took the time to listen to wisdom. But I’ve seen countless people cut their success short because they rejected wisdom from the elders and tuned exclusively into what their peers were saying. Let those who have ears hear what the spirit is saying to the church.
Surround me with wisdom not just knowledge. Don’t let me become so confident in my own knowledge that I miss the wisdom of those with scars from previous wars. Many wars are won with wise counsel and many are lost because we push away the wisdom of our fathers. We have many teachers but not many fathers. Humble us today to listen to our spiritual parents and elders before we lose a war that was already guaranteed.
In Jesus’ Name,