There is Wisdom in Many Counselors

May 26, 2018

I once heard a speaker who counseled his listeners to quit spending so much energy on figuring out if something was right or wrong, and simply inquire, “Is this the wise thing to do?” Who, in their right minds, would want to do the foolish thing?  Apparently, many people. There are proverbs that warn of the foolishness of just using our own opinions to make decisions, and that the wise listen to others. There is safety with many counselors. There are Proverbs about the wise seeking knowledge and fools eating trash. Some about not talking too much, about avoiding fights and not quarreling.  The wise set themselves up for success by choosing wisdom over foolishness. This may be why Solomon writes, “Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.” He knew that there are many more foolish decisions made once we are led astray by drink. How do we get ahead of many problems that come with clouded judgment caused by alcohol? Maybe we can consider our choices not with all the weight of right and wrong, but maybe with just what makes us wise and what makes us foolish. This doesn’t just pertain to alcohol, but to so many other life choices as well.