Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Become conscious of the fact that in most cases, failure is the result of acting without wisdom. Therefore, rather than throwing a pity party, work on eliminating gaps in your wisdom by tapping into the wisdom of the wisest in your environment.
Proverbs 11:14 says where no counsel is, the people fail. The word counsel there represents wisdom; so what the scripture is communicating is that in any area of your life where you operate without wisdom you will fail. There is enough evidence to confirm that this is true. Moses acted unwisely and killed an Egyptian and the price he paid for that was 40 years in the wilderness. Samson foolishly pursued Delilah, the deceiver, and it cost him not only his strength, but also his eyes. Solomon in all his wisdom was unwise in his choice of women: he pursued strange women who turned him away from God as he grew older. Without acting with wisdom, the most likely outcome will be failure.
The fastest way to eliminate any gaps in your wisdom is to draw wisdom from the wisest in your environment. That was the advice given by Solomon in the latter part of Proverbs 11:14, when he said in a multitude of counselors there is safety. Having established that lack of wisdom leads to failure, he then identified how it could be remedied; he suggested learning wisdom from a multitude of wise persons around you. Why would Solomon posit a multitude of counselors and not just one? Because no one person knows it all, a piece of wisdom has been deposited in all of us, now you have to find the wisest among you and draw it out.
It is notable that the scripture never said without gold or money the people fail. It says without wisdom. It highlights that wisdom is precious. Invest time in garnering wisdom by spending time drawing it out of the wisest among you.
Life Application: Identify those who have the most wisdom and consult with them before making important decisions.
Prayer: Lord, help me to operate in your wisdom and to identify those around me whose wisdom I can tap into. In Jesus name, amen.
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