Pastor's Pen by Cliff Henry

“Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceive not in him the lips of knowledge.”

Proverbs 14:7


The desire of most people, well-meaning people, is to be a help to their fellow man, which is an admirable desire certainly. However, not all well-meaning counsel is to be heard and followed.

On the other hand, the Scriptures teach that we are to have a spirit about us that before making decisions we get counsel.

Proverbs 19:20 says, “Hear counsel and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.” Proverbs continues in 15:22 with, “Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”

So, the Word of God teaches us that the wise person will, before making their decision of importance, seek counsel regarding it. He will also be careful who he accepts counsel from. So, what is a good rule to go by when making a decision of importance? Simply this, search the Bible for help and direction first and foremost prior to finalizing your decision.

“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless, the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.” Proverbs 19:21.

People can and will fail one another, but God never does!

Take, for example, the story of a man whose car broke down while traveling on a country road. He walked to a roadhouse that was nearby and asked to use the phone. Upon completion of his call to a local tow service company, he saw a friend coming out of a bar. The man was drunk and very shabbily dressed. As the person spoke to his friend who used to be rich, he heard a very sad story. The man with the broken-down car was a Christian and told his friend to go home, get his Bible out, open it up randomly, and place his finger on the middle of the page.

Some months later, the man who gave counsel to the poor drunkard saw that same individual appareled in fancy clothing and driving a very expensive sport car. The man who gave counsel was glad to see his friend’s fortune had changed. He asked his friend how things turned around for him. His response was, “I owe it all to you, for when I went home, I opened up my Bible and put my finger in the middle of the page, I received my answer. It said, chapter 11.

Think about it

Cliff Henry is the pastor of Greenland Baptist Church. He can be reached at​