43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19, NIV)
Wow! This just shook me up. Not recognizing the time of God’s coming to us leaves us exposed to harm, terrible harm. I had never considered the personal take away of this word: I need to stay tuned daily to the right frequency to know when God has come to show the way out of danger. And might it be that God comes to me in the form of counsel from faithful friends? Do I stay in touch with friends? Do I seek their counsel? Do I heed it?
Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come. (Book of Proverbs, Chapter 19, Verse 20, Amplified Version)
Recently I listened to the mp3 book, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs by Carmine Gallo from audible.com. According to the book, Steve Jobs was a master at communicating his ideas effectively. One of the keys to this mastery was the power of three, breaking a subject down into three parts. Well here its is. Solomon beat Jobs to the punch by about three millennia. I don’t know if this verse from Solomon’s Proverbs inspired Jobs, but it has inspired me. This is what I was looking for! The recipe, the how to, the key to acquire wisdom:
- Hear counsel
- Receive instruction
- Accept correction
Lord, I MUST be wise in the time to come. I pray asking you to bring me good counsel. Open my mind to really receive it. Put me on the right path to find good instruction. Finally, and most difficult for me perhaps, make correction sweet to my ears. Voilà: 1, 2, 3 wisdom!
5 A wise man is strong and is better than a strong man, and a man of knowledge increases and strengthens his power;
6 For by wise counsel you can wage your war, and in an abundance of counselors there is victory and safety.
Lord, lead me to the abundance of counselors I need for victory and safety!
The Guided Decision “I will seek wisdom” is the Second of the Seven Decisions explained in Andy Andrew’s books Mastering the Seven Decisions and The Traveler’s Gift. One place I try to seek wisdom daily is in the Book of Proverbs. The passages that explain how to make good plans really speak to me, like the following.
Proverbs Chapter 20, Verse 18 (Amplified Bible)
Purposes and plans are established by counsel; and [only] with good advice make or carry on war.
I have done so many stupid things in the past and made many plans that didn’t work out. My life is daily warfare at this point. So this verse really speaks to me. If it inspires you, please comment.