Proverbs 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
The “counsel” that Proverbs is talking about is the counsel of God that resides in the believer. Now just think about that for a minute. Any time you needed to ask God for His counsel, His opinion, His take or His will on a matter, you have that available ALL THE TIME, resident in your very being.
So with this realization, knowing that you can get the RIGHT answer when you need it, why don’t more Christians use this priceless resource? What keeps a man from getting counsel when He is seeking it? I have some thoughts.
First we must be humble enough to realize that even when every bit of information, conventional wisdom and all of your life’s accumulated experience points one way, He may have a different plan. His ways truly ARE higher than our ways.
I think that sometimes we get so involved in OUR desires, OUR goals and OUR personal interests that we ignore our responsibility to seek Gods input. We neglect our responsibility to get Him involved in the decision-making process. The problem is that we become so invested with our time, resources and energy that it becomes harder and harder to admit that we may have missed it. We don’t like to admit that we did all this in vain.
The key to the passage in Proverbs is not the availability of Gods counsel, but that only a man of understanding can draw on it.
Look at this verse in Job. I believe it holds the key to “understanding” by Gods definition.
Job 32:8 8But there is a spirit in man: and the
inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
The understanding that we must seek is God inspired, God breathed. This understanding cannot be attained through worldly knowledge and human reason. This understanding is not available from a drive through window
or a lottery ticket. It will only come when you have chosen to seek Him until
HE inspires you to make a decision. Until God inspires you, you don’t have the
counsel of God.
Counsel is in the Heart or spirit of man because God lives there. Lets seek those things that inspire the heart like The Word of God, prayer, fellowship with
other believers, the counsel of your leadership and praying in the spirit.
These are all things that inspire you in your heart. They feed your spirit and
give life to the inner man. These are the safe avenues to seek Gods counsel and
you will find that most of the answers you seek can be attained through one or
more of these.
God is not hiding His council from you. He is not hiding answers from you. He does however desire you to pursue Him to get the right answers. The thing is to seek the inspired counsel of God and understand that you are to keep seeking that inspiration until you get it.