Written by Celi Taggart
Here’s the truth- I don’t really know what I’m doing. I even looked up the definition of the word blog (didn’t help). I’m pretty intimidated, but here I go, anyway. I can get a little into words and their definitions, as you might already have guessed, and so I’ll give you the perhaps over-simplified definitions of knowledge and wisdom that I’m working from.
Wisdom- Holy Spirit empowered knowledge and understanding
There is so much in this chapter, that I am zeroing in on my current favorite verses:
A wise man is strong,
Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;
For by wise counsel you will wage your own war,
And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 24:5-6 NKJV
I want to be wise. I want to be in the center of God’s will, hearing and obeying His voice- that seems like wisdom to me.
Several years ago Jason Chenoweth taught on “knowing the will of God”. He talked about three inter-dependent ways that when agree, help us to be confident of God’s will. These include:
- The Bible, the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God
- God in us, as believers (the Holy Spirit who is incidentally referred to as the Advocate, Comforter, Helper, or Counselor by Jesus in John 14:16)
- Wise counsel, which would be another mature believer who is rooted in God’s Word and in an active relationship and dialogue (prayer) with God
Any one of these, when taken alone, or even in combination with one of the others, is still very good, but incomplete. As a firmly established introvert, my two clear favorites of the three are the Word of God and the Holy Spirit in me. When it comes to wise counsel from another member of the body of Christ, I naturally resist. It seems that when I really need wise counsel the most, I do everything I can to figure it out without that piece, sometimes because I believe the lie that I shouldn’t “bother” someone else with my problems (we’re all busy, right?), or maybe because I’m embarrassed by the battle I’m facing, embarrassed by my thoughts or actions, embarrassed by my lack of maturity.
1 Peter 5:8 tells us that “…your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” He preys on my fear of man, my fear of rejection, shame, or anything else that can keep me from walking in the fullness that God has for me. When these verses in Proverbs talk about me waging my own war, this is the enemy I’m fighting against. They emphasize not only the importance of wise counsel in the war, but the safety or victory that comes from a multitude of counselors. Time and time again I have struggled in the battle until that moment when I finally face my fear, and call in one or more of the wise counselors the Lord has put in my life- and not once have I regretted seeking such a counselor.
I love James 5:16, “Confess your trespasses (sins) to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Whether I’m dealing with a sin issue or not, the “effective fervent prayer” and wise counsel of other believers in my life has always availed much. So I set my heart and my mind to pursue wise counsel, in conjunction with the study of the Word of God and prayer, rather than to cower from it. I serve an amazing God- when I grow up I want to be a whole-hearted lover of Him, and I need help from my brothers and my sisters in Christ to get there.