Apr 29, 2018

The Path: Getting Help Along the Way - Proverbs 15:22

We’ve been learning about a very simple formula for getting from where we are to where we want to be. We are learning that our Direction determines destination. That getting from point A to point B is more than hopes and dreams - it involves a path. So far, we’ve learned that life can be a series of course corrections when we see danger. Danger we shouldn’t ignore. We’ve learned that one of the most common mistakes figuring out which fork to take is trusting our hearts, because our hearts often lie to us. (Jeremiah) We’ve learned that one of the easiest ways to make a great decision is to look to future. The big Picture. 

Today, we want to learn another important lesson for success along the path. The lesson has to do with figuring out what you don’t know. How do you do that? How do you discover what you don’t know that you don’t know so that you avoid getting on the wrong path.

Prov. 15:22 “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

So, how can you know what you don’t know? You get help along the way. You seek advice from “advisers.”

Why we don’t seek advice:

1. We think we already know what we need to know. (Ignorance)

2. It feels better to have people think we know where we’re going than to let them know we don’t have a clue. (Pride)

3. It’s too much work to figure out how to get advice. (Laziness)

So sometimes we make plans without counsel Many times those plans fail. At other times we get counsel but we get inferior counsel because we take it from the wrong people. This is dangerous.

Why we don’t seek advice from wise counselors:

1. It’s easier to get advice from our friends.

2. It’s easier to follow the herd.

3. It’s easier to copy what our parents did.

How do we get good advice along our paths? 

Prov. 1:5“…let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance”

The Secret to Getting Good Counsel:

1. Knowing that you will always need good counsel

2. Asking more than one person’s advice.

3. Don’t let pride keep you from admitting what you don’t know.

4. Take counsel from those who have been where you want to go.

Prov. 13:10 “Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice”

Proverbs 12:15....when he says: “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.”

You know while Jesus was on earth, the phrase he used more often than any other was “Follow me.”

Let him direct you steps, seek out wise counsel for those forks in the road.

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