David inquired of the Lord, saying, 'Shall I go and attack these Philistines?' And the Lord said to David, 'Go and attack the Philistines, and save Keilah.' But David's men said to him, 'Look, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?' Then David inquired of the Lord once again. And the Lord answered him and said, 'Arise, go down to Keilah. For I will deliver the Philistines into your hand.'
King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, and he said, 'How do you advise me to answer these people?' And they spoke to him, saying, 'If you will be a servant to these people today, and serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.' But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him...
During the life of King David, God was His foremost Counselor. Since 'The counsel of the Lord stands forever,' David rocked and rolled, but emerged victorious. Yes, he made mistakes. Once known, he repented quickly. Although he was punished, God forgave the man after His Own Heart.
During the reign of King Rehoboam (David's grandson), his childhood friends became his foremost counselors. He rocked and rolled, but fell defeated. Yes, he made mistakes, but he did not repent. He was punished, Jerusalem was looted, and Israel was broken.
For leaders, good counsel is essential. Because 'The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel' (Proverbs 12:15). Because 'Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed' (Proverbs 15:22).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Who are your foremost counselors? Is One a Savior called 'Wonderful Counselor' (Isaiah 9:6)? Is Another the 'Spirit of truth' Who 'Will guide you into all truth' (John 16:13)? Is The Top a Lord Whose 'Counsels of old are faithfulness and truth' (Isaiah 25:1)? Did He give us a Book called 'The Word' (John 1:1) and a Path called 'The Way' (John 14:6)?
Among men, is your counselor 'Above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money'... who manages his own family well, 'In a manner worthy of full respect' (1 Timothy 3:2-4)?
Among women, is your counselor 'Of noble character who... sets about her work vigorously,' who 'Extends her hands to the needy,... speaks with wisdom, and... watches over the affairs of her household'? Is she 'A woman who fears the Lord'? *
Do you have friends proven in adversity, who cherish your welfare above their own? Because 'He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed' (Proverbs 13:20).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You need counselors, but for the sake of your calling, consider them well.
To Be Continued...
* Proverbs 31:10-31, The Wife of Noble Character: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs+31%3A10-31&version=NIV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fellowship series.