Somewhere on a shelf in my library is a small book with a big lesson. When I take its message to heart, I am more apt to succeed in whatever I have in mind. When I rush ahead and neglect its counsel, I am more apt to fail and must deal with problems that could have been avoided.
It Takes Two to See One is the name of the book that “can make a distinct difference” in how we make our decisions, solve our problems, or set our goals. The simple secret is that if we isolate ourselves from the wisdom and knowledge of others and insulate ourselves from the insight and experiences of others, we are likely to end up with a picture of ourselves that is out of focus, lacks detail and eventually leads us to disaster!
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Getting input and ideas, advice and information from others can lead us to success. Although not clearly expressed in the way this verse is translated, the advice we are to seek is to come from those whom we can trust and will keep our discussions confidential. As we talk about and look for clarification “from many,” a pattern will develop, and what we might have overlooked will become clear and visible and obvious to us. Then, it’s time to act!
There is also the important fact of humility in this verse. “Pride” does come before “destruction” and God does hate a person who is “arrogant.” Those two words, pride and arrogance, have brought the downfall of many. Being inclusive of others in our lives shows great wisdom. No one knows everything, but others may know something that can help us.
Prayer: Lord, help us to realize the need we have for counsel - especially from You. May we recognize our limits, Your wisdom and the gifts You have given others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.