For the believers of Jesus Christ:
It is written in…
Proverbs 1:5 KJVS
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
Breaking down some of the keywords I wish to highlight in the Hebrew language…
Hear – shâma: listen intelligently
Increase – yâsaph: add and add again
Learning – leqach: receiving (teaching power, persuasiveness)
Understanding – bîyn: understanding to discern and separate right from wrong, truth from lies
Attain – qânâh: provoked into jealousy, extend, erect (buy to get and possess)
Counsel – tachbûlâh tachbûlâh: bind, rope (management of ropes)
1) Keep hearing and hearing the gospel of Jesus (who is Wisdom)1 and He will keep increasing and increasing in you the power to teach and to persuade.
Sales-people, this is for you. Teachers and leaders as well.
2) His biyn Wisdom (understanding to discern and separate right from wrong, truth from lies) will help you to manage what seems complex.
A rope can be very useful.
Any scout here can testify. Rope-management is an art all on its own.
But a rope can also be messy when tangled. As a guitarist, one of the first things I learnt is house-keeping. And that includes tying my cables so that during performance, my workspace looks tidy and I could easily find my items. It felt bothersome at first, but later on this practice helped me big time when it became a habit.
If you’re learning the ropes (no pun-intended), here it is! The Lord is your help.
If today you feel like you’re in a messy situation, ask Daddy God and immediately His angels will get to work to help you untangle the mess.
So what about ropes and counsel?
Mule over this:
Counsel is like ropes. See Proverbs 1:5
A rope can guide when tied from a starting point to an ending point.
A rope can anchor a ship. So is counsel, which can keep me grounded in truth and reality, vision and purpose.
A rope can pull me out of a devastating pit, if I ever fall into one.
A rope can tie me to what really matters. Relationships, life, peace and real happiness.
A rope can connect you to where you need to be at the right place at the right time with the right people. Qarah.
Many ropes can catch us if anyone falls because they form a safety net beneath the bridge we are in the midst of building.
Four friends lowered a paralytic down from a roof to let Jesus heal him.
What do you think they used?
Mark 2:4 NKJV
And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd,
they uncovered the roof where He was.
So when they had broken through,
they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
Who do you think made up the counsel of the paralytic man?
I believe it was the group of four friends. And then, Jesus.
We all need counsel. Who do you turn to for counsel in various situations?
1. 1 Chorinthians 1:24 ; Proverbs 8:22-31↩