It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. (Proverbs 19:2)
“You rush in where angels fear to tread.” That was one of the favourite sayings of my High School drafting teacher, but the problem was that he seemed to like to use it with me.
The book of Proverbs has many admonitions to be a person who not only seeks advice of wise counsellors, but to be a person that carefully weighs it and puts it into practice. Listen to the following verses:
Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. (Prov. 19:20)
The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. (Prov. 12:15)
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. (Prov. 15:22)
For waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers. (Prov. 24:6)
For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure. (Prov. 11:14)
There are a number of sources that God uses to guide us in the decisions of life. It is clear that the Word of God and prayer all play a part in the way he directs his followers. Circumstances can also be used to shape our actions, but they can also be misleading. However, there is one source that we all have that is a great resource; other men and women of faith.
Many good ideas and good intentions have been shipwrecked because they were not accompanied by good advice and practical tracks to run on. But God has placed us in community, rubbing shoulders with others who have experienced more of life, to provide insights as we forge ahead and make decisions. The willingness to seek and listen to those who God has placed in our lives is where the proverbial rubber meets the road when it comes to knowing and doing the will of God.