Getting counsel in your life and your business is a good thing. This morning in my devotions I read 2 Samuel 16. What impressed me was David’s counselor Ahithophel. Although the man himself turned into a traitor against King David and his end was inglorious, his counsel was good… very good. The Bible records his counsel as, “And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.” (2 Samuel 16:23).
This struck a chord with me. Lately in my businesses, I have been feeling stuck. Then I got some scary personal news. So what do I do? I sought counsel. If King David had a counselor, so too I will seek counsel for myself. I have a coach in my business, I have my pastor, my husband, friends, business associates, books and even the Internet. Although I have a different relationship with each of the above, they all give me a form of counsel. Depending upon the kind and amount of help that I need I will utilize one or more of them. There is no “one size fits all” counselor.
God Is a Counselor
Well, except One. One of God’s names is “Counselor” as Isaiah 9:6 tells us. I ask God for direction daily and even more so when I get bad news on several different fronts. Since I seek God’s counsel, I know that He will give it to me. But He will use people, possibly some of those that I have mentioned above and perhaps someone(s) new to me.
Seeking counsel from God and from the people He has put into your life, is not a sign of weakness. Rather it is a sign of strength. You know your limitations. But when you seek counsel you are telling your counselors that you want to solve your problems, you want to move on from being limited, you are seeking to learn and to grow.
No matter how wise or intelligent you are, you don’t know everything. We seek counsel every time we go to the doctor, to the veterinarian, to the garage mechanic to name a few. Getting counsel may just be reading an inspirational or self-help book. You are not a failure if you feel you need sound advice for financial, emotional or spiritual decisions. So if you are feeling stuck today, in whatever area (or areas), I encourage you to first ask God for His direction and counsel, expecting and knowing that He will guide you. Then seek out, ask for advice and apply and use the advice that you are given. Then you will be able to move ahead in your life and in your business in a positive way.
One of the best things about a network marketing business is that it is structured in such a way that you get free help from those more experienced than you. Getting help and advice and encouragement is a form of counsel. I personally both, seek advice and am in the position to counsel others when they come to me. What we learn in the trenches, we learn to not only to help ourselves but to also help others when they need it in their personal life or in their business. Receiving and giving counsel is an important part of a thriving life and business, it is both a sign of humility and a sign of strength. Thank God for His direction and for the counselors in your life today.