By Benjamin H. Liles
Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand. ~ Proverbs 19:20-21
There are a whole lot of verses that speak on a myriad of subjects in the Bible. This is talking about the reception of His word. How does God's word sit with you? Does it make you stand up and take notice? Does it make you want to change from the inside out? Or does it just sit on you and make you wonder, "Gee, I don't get it and I really don't want to try it out for myself? To receive counsel or even instruction indicates a willingness to learn something. We all never like being disciplined, but that's what Solomon meant here in this verse. Later in our years we are that much the wiser on things we did when we were younger. Our thoughts were so much more immature and unreceptive. A man's heart is a reflection of who he truly is.
Is this man teachable? Humble? Filled with integrity? Consistent? The overall condition of a man's heart shows who he belongs to. With that being said the verse on the whole is talking about a few things: character, receiving instruction, and if this person belongs to God. It can't be stressed enough that those who belong to God have godly character, exhibit godly values and also that level of maturity. Let us all show that Jesus Christ is in our lives, that His word matters, and that He is indeed alive. He took our punishment on the cross so we wouldn't have to face ourselves without Him. He conquered death so that we wouldn't fully taste its bitterness and defeat. He rose to life so that we could experience eternity with Him. How do you want to respond to the Lord's counsel?