Proverbs 22:15 “Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”
One of the wisest things any young person can do, is seek the counsel of someone older than them. I’m sure your church is full of senior saints, wise parents, and spirit-filled Christians that would be more than willing to give you ANY advice for your walk with God. As we all know, no one person is perfect, therefore we should collect multiple pieces of advice, and find the common denominator.
As a teenager, I was often questioned by my friends why I enjoyed hanging out with old people. My answer was simple! They didn’t listen to terrible worldly music, they didn’t cuss, and they were good, faithful, Godly Christian people. All of which went to my church.
I found that being around older folks that knew a lot about the Bible would eventually rub off on me. There are quiet a bit of those “senior friends” I made growing up that are in Heaven now, but I’ll never forget their influence on me.
As verse 15 says, “purposes are disappointed without counsel.” If you have already come to a time in your life where you have surrendered your life to God and to His purpose, wise counsel would be a wise choice. Simply put – If there is a Christian, Pastor, etc. in your church that you look up to as a spiritual role model, you should surround yourself with those types of people. In fact, the type of Christian that is sincere, real, consistently fundamental and Biblically correct is the type of Christian you should be striving to be! So surround yourself with those types of Christians!
The worst thing you can do, is surround yourself with the wrong counsel, or no counsel at all. Because all that equals up to is, disappointment. Be right, be real, and by all means, be the young man/woman God has called you to be! Build your purpose with wise, Godly, Biblical counsel!
Nathan Pitts | Youth Pastor
Riverland Baptist Church