Day 11

Counsel and Instruction

from the Proverbs reading plan

Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 4:13, Proverbs 10:17, Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 12:15-16, Proverbs 13:20, Proverbs 19:20

BY She Reads Truth

The book of Proverbs is a guide for pursuing godly wisdom in our daily lives. In this four-week study, we will read a selection of topical proverbs covering different aspects of wisdom, from how to interact with our friends, families, and neighbors, to fearing God and keeping His commands. No matter the subject, these proverbs urge us to wrestle with and reflect on our own response to them. To help you better engage with the proverbs in this reading plan, we have provided you with a short introduction and reflection questions for each day.

On a purely intellectual level, the concepts of seeking counsel, remaining teachable, and exploring what we do not understand make perfect sense. But because we are proud, our hearts often tense up at the suggestion that we have much to learn. The way of wisdom is about more than simply obtaining new information. It’s about living as part of a community where we gladly regard one another as valuable. 

Reflection Questions:

What does it look like to walk with wise people (Proverbs 13:20)? How is this something you are doing, or could do, in your life? 

How do you react when people try to tell you what you should do? How do you react to a command from God that you’re not particularly fond of? 

Think about the people who have counseled and instructed you. Are you becoming someone who has counsel and instruction to give? Is there anyone in your life right now who needs your wisdom, experience, or counsel? 

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38 thoughts on "Counsel and Instruction"

  1. Qua Taylor says:

    To walk with the wise means to keep people around you who are also seekers of God. I can do this by forming intentional friendships with people who also walk with God. Doing so, would allow us to help each other and counsel each other, so we can keep our focus on Him. When people try to tell you what to do it is important to have discernment or the knowledge of whether or not their request is of God. If it is not of God, then depart from it. Gods word says to depart from all evil. I feel as though I am in the process of becoming someone who can counsel and instruct others however, I feel as though I’m not quite there yet. I think I still have a lot of knowledge to learn about God before I can instruct others confidently. I will be patient and just trust the process that God has placed me in and I’m sure he’ll lead me to where I need to be.

  2. Brittany Reimers says:

    I think to walk with wise people is to walk with others who have God in their hearts. I am hoping to join a church community soon where I can make friendships that foster my relationship with God.

  3. Heidi Cook says:

    I love this ❤️

  4. Cindy Johnson says:

    It was life changing when a Godly woman came into my life and gave me instruction and shared her wisdom with me. I need to find more people to bring into my life that are willing to be honest and give correction when it is needed.

  5. Joyce Walker says:

    I have learned over the years to seek God in prayer along with a limited circle of women who we pray daily together for wise counsel I seek God and my husband who also is my Pastor.

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