When to Refuse Counsel

Doctors, lawyers, teachers, friends, counselors, etc. often give good counsel. However, there are times when they give bad counsel. When do we accept counsel and when do we refuse it? Psalm 1 helps us sort it out. Verse 1 tells us: “Blessed (is) the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” The idea here seems to be to refuse ungodly counsel from anyone. It doesn’t mean that unsaved people can’t also give wise counsel. How do we know the difference? Verse 2 explains: “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.” An increasingly comprehensive grasp of God’s Word makes ungodly counsel very obvious to us. Verse 1 also admonishes us not to live the way that sinners live and not to become scornful of the things of God. When we test everything by God’s Word and refuse the ways of this fallen world, Verse 3 describe the results: “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Verses 4-6 speak of the outcome for the Godly and ungodly: “The ungodly (are) not so: but (are) like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” An unknown author, in the hymn, “The Man Who Erring Counsel Shuns,” puts it well: “The man who erring counsel shuns, nor strays where sinners meet, but in the law of God delights in meditation sweet, shall reap the happiness of those to whom the Lord His favour shews. As tree beside the water brooks whose leaf unfading lives, and when the time appointed comes, a bounteous fruitage gives;—so shall he prosper all his days, whose hope is in God’s law always. Not so the wicked,—they are chaff before the wind that flies, nor could they stand His searching glance, should God in judgment rise; for known to God are all the right, but wicked men shall perish quite.” Selah! A strong knowledge of God’s Word helps us spot error and not be damaged by it.   Ron

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One thought on “When to Refuse Counsel

  1. Good morning Ron! Good to see your smilin face. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the hymn you mention in today’s devotion, that must date back some!.Concerning counsel, I don’t think we would have ever landed on the field if we had listened to some counsel! But, we have received some good counsel along the way! Praise God for that.

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