Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
Counsel Outside Of Our Broken Self
We all make plans everyday… we go to bed at night with plans to get up… we have preexisting plans to shower, get ready and go to work and then to come home and do it all over again. All these plans have been tried and found to be good. We have the counsel of the history of mankind to support what we do every day and we have followed their lead with good results. But what about everything else that lies in between those plans? You see there are other choices every day where we much discern if and how we should face our dreams… What are our goals and what plan should we follow to accomplish them?
As I read today's text again I think what might have been going through Solomon's mind as he wrote them… What plans are you thinking of Solomon?
As a king he might have been thinking about how one should get counsel before committing to war.
In Proverbs 20:18 he says: Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.
So he had clearly at some point thought about war and counsel.
But maybe what was going through his mind was the plans and counsel that went into his building of a Temple for the Lord. Where would he get the artists and craftsmen? How many would he need? How long would it take? His father David had also thought about this Temple and had made many provisions so these plans were not just Solomon's but Davids as well. So we could say these were not spontaneous ideas that just popped into Solomon's mind… No! he thought long and hard about how all this would come together.
We should even point out that the council of these plans came from the greatest Counselor in the Universe… God himself because he provided the specifics of the Temple with its houses, treasuries, upper rooms… its inner chambers, and the room for the mercy seat; he decided what what was to be gold and what was to be silver… God had given its design and the blueprint plans to King David. The Temple was of course an amazing success for the glory of God.
But you know, being the wisest man in the world, Solomon knew the value of not just listening to your own heart like Jeremiah 17:9 says that it “…is deceitful above all things…” .
Solomon says he received counsel from his own father and he wants his sons to receive his also.
Proverbs 4:1 Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, 2 for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. 3 When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, 4 he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.
And so good counsel should flow from not only trusted godly friends which I think is common sense but from father to son and so on.
But remember the rook of all good counsel comes from God.
In Proverbs 2:6 Solomon said: For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;