Trail Tip #9 - Seek Wise Counsel

When you're walking off the beaten path, eventually you will come to a fork in the trail, an incline to climb or a poorly marked opening where you will need someone else's perspective to safely navigate your way back onto the right path. At this point you'll be tempted to turn to your fellow sojourner for advice.

Resist the temptation.

Chances are, she or he are seeing things from your same perspective. Limited. Focused. Myopic. Amateur.

That's when you'll need to seek wise counsel from someone who has traveled this way before or who has navigated similar twists on their own trail.

Trail Tip #9 - Seek Wise Counsel

Who do you go to for wise counsel? Over the years I've served in ministry, I've not only had one of the best seats in the house to witness God at work in people's lives, but I've also had a good seat for observing people relating to people. And here's one of the odd things I've noticed.

A lot of people esteem the wrong people.

I realize I'm going out on a shaky limb by even mentioning this little quirk. But it concerns me to no end when I notice folks repeatedly going to certain people for wise counsel who have no business passing out directions for doing laundry, much less making the tough decisions in life.

Who do you go to for wise counsel? Do the following criteria serve as your guidelines for wisdom personified?

Wisdom does NOT necessarily come from the following:
In fact, according to the Bible in 1 Corinthians 1, that which is truly wise often comes from surprising and seemingly foolish sources. 

And according to James 3:13-18, true wisdom will always be attached to a few other distinctively godly characteristics. Always. Without fail.
Are you at a crossroads today? Seek God first. He is the source of all wisdom (James 1:5). But if He directs you to seek the counsel of someone who has traveled this part of the path before, look for someone who is so humble and simple that at first you overlook them. 

Who do you consider to be wise? What makes them wise in your eyes?

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