A Theology of Guidance – Part 5 of 5

Previous posts in series include:

Part 1: One Objective Means of Guidance

Part 2: Prayer

Part 3: Providential Circumstances

Part 4: Scripture-Informed Conscience


4. Counsel from Others – Counsel from godly people is also an important part of a theology of guidance. The Scriptures make it clear, “Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory” (Prov 11:14). One of the traits of the wise person is that he humbly listens to the input of others, but the opposite is true of the foolish man. Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” An openness to listen to others includes being willing to receive rebuke and correction: “He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise” (Prov 15:31).

When all four of these contributing factors (prayer, providential circumstances, Scripture-informed conscience, counsel from others) are in subjection to the objective criteria of the Word of God, the believer may rest peacefully in the Lord’s promise to guide him in his decisions and affirm with the psalmist, “With Your counsel You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory” (Ps 73:24).

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