The day in which we are living appears to be very much like the days when it was said, "every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6). The emphasis of our time is on independence. A favorite theme of many is the song made popular by Frank Sinatra, "I did it my way.” Young people often show little respect for the counsel of their elders and even by those of mature years the counsel of our forefathers is often rejected. But God’s word informs us that wise counsel is of great benefit. "A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels” (Proverbs 1:5).

Jesus Is the Counselor

If a heart has been humbled by divine grace there will often be a desire for counsel. Life is full of challenges. Decisions must be made at every turn of the road. Unexpected trials present new problems and one can be greatly perplexed about how to deal with them. It is a blessing to have a friend in whom we can confide, one that will direct us to biblical answers for our problems. God uses His people to minister to each other and provide comfort and instruction in a time of need.