Seek the LORD, and His strength: seek His face evermore. – Psalm 105:4
Some how or other, brethren, it is not good for man to be alone. A lonely man must be, I think, a miserable man, and a man without a counsellor, I think, must of necessity go wrong. “Where there is no counsellor,” says Solomon, “the people fall.” I think most persons will find it so. A man says, “Well, I’ll have my own way, and I will ask nobody.” Have it, sir, -have it-and you will find that in having your own way you have probably had the worst way you could…Some take counsel of stocks and stones. We know many who counsel at the hands of foolish charms, instead of going to Christ. They shall have to learn that there is but one Christ, who is to be trusted; and that however necessary a counsellor may be, yet none other shall be found to fulfill the necessity, but Jesus Christ the Counsellor.
So sure as we do anything without asking counsel of God, we fall into trouble… You and I will have to learn how necessary it is always to take advice of God. Did you ever seek God’s advice on your knees about a difficulty and then go amiss? Brethren, I can testify for my God that when I have submitted my will to His directing Spirit, I have always had reason to thank Him for His wise counsel. But when I have asked at His hands, having already made up my own mind, I have had my own way, but like as He fed the Israelites with the quails of heaven, while the meat was yet in their mouth, the wrath of God came upon them. Let us take heed always that we never go before the cloud. He that goes before the cloud goes a fool’s errand and will be glad to get back again. An old puritan used to say, “He that carves for himself will cut his fingers. Leave God to carve for you in providence, and all shall be well. Seek God’s guidance and nothing can go amiss.” It is necessary counsel. ~ C.H. Spurgeon