The greatest think tank in the world is worthless if its advice goes unheeded. A man I greatly respect chairs a large organization. He shared with me that he is troubled about the direction the organization is heading, but he can do very little to turn it around. While, as chairman, he has a say in the organization’s affairs, the board members have refused to heed his advice. If the organization continues to follow its course, it may drift so far away from its original focus that it cannot return.

There is much to be said for counsel. Good counsel offers a full-orbed and impartial perspective on a matter. By it, we may draw from the insight of others’ experiences and expertise. It enables us to make sound decisions in full confidence. Yet this invaluable asset is nothing more than a diamond buried in the dirt if it is not used. We can only profit from counsel when we hearken to it.

Proverbs 12:15 advises us, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” Every aspect of human endeavor requires counsel. The business executive and bank chairman both need the counsel of staff members if they wish to meet the needs of their clients. A pastor is dependent upon the counsel of his board of elders to effectively oversee the affairs of his church. The father and husband will often rely upon the input of his wife when making decisions affecting the family. Children need their parents’ advice when they choose their friends and select a mate.

Are you following the path of the wise or the fool? Life is full of decisions, so seek out godly counsel as you make them. The way of a fool may seem right in his eyes, but the “right” eyes of the wise will keep you on course.

Advice is the only commodity on the market where the supply always exceeds the demand. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.