Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
1 Samuel 9:6 (NIV)
But the servant replied, “Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.”
1 Samuel 9:6 (MSG)
He replied, “Not so fast. There’s a holy man in this town. He carries a lot of weight around here. What he says is always right on the mark. Maybe he can tell us where to go.”
“The servant said to him, “Look here, in this city there is a man of God, and the man is held in honor; everything that he says comes true. Now let us go there; perhaps he can advise us about our journey [and tell us where we should go].” -AMPLIFIED
Saul has been introduced to us in the early part of 1 Samuel 9. We have learned that he was tall and good-looking, but not much else. We then find Saul’s father, Kish, calling upon him to go and find his missing donkeys. So, Saul sets off on an adventure with his father’s servant.
Scripture tells us, “Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, had wandered off and were lost. Kish said to his son Saul, “Please take one of the servants with you and arise, go look for the donkeys.” And they passed through the hill country of Ephraim and the land of Shalishah, but did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there and the land of the Benjamites, but they [still] did not find them. When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, “Come, let us return, otherwise my father will stop worrying about the donkeys and become anxious about us.” -1 Samuel 9:3-5 (AMP)
Notice, Saul does not seem to be much of the adventurous or persistent type. After three days of searching and not finding the donkeys Saul is prepared to give up and head home. In his mind, enough was enough. His father’s servant though had a better idea. “Hey! Wait a minute, I am pretty sure this is the town where the holy man lives. He is highly respected and everything that he says always comes true. Let’s go check with him and see if he knows where your father’s donkeys have gone.” -Tonia’s Translation
Though Saul did not know of this highly respected holy man, his father’s servant did. Notice, Samuel’s reputation had gone before him; just as God’s does. Saul agreed to the plan; for he really wanted to go home with something to show from his adventure. He agreed to go and seek out the prophet Samuel.
Seeking godly counsel is Scriptural. There are many verses in the Bible that urge God’s children to seek guidance, advice, instruction and direction from wise and godly people. In fact, seeking wise counsel is a sign of maturity and humility.
* “The wise will hear and increase their learning, and the person of understanding will acquire wise counsel and the skill [to steer his course wisely and lead others to the truth]…” -Proverbs 1:5 (AMP)
* “Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example], nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers). But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.” -Psalm 1:1-2 (AMP)
* “Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance. Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives.” -Titus 2:1-6 (MSG)
* “Listen to good advice if you want to live well, an honored guest among wise men and women. An undisciplined, self-willed life is puny; an obedient, God-willed life is spacious. Fear-of-God is a school in skilled living—first you learn humility, then you experience glory.” -Proverbs 15:31-33 (MSG)
Life is full of challenges, choices and decisions that need to be made. Yes, we do need to seek God’s counsel first, but He also places godly people in our lives that we can seek guidance from when we are still uncertain and unsure. This is not a sign of immaturity; just the opposite, it is a sign of great maturity and humility. It shows that we are not so prideful that we cannot ask for the input of others. It is a good thing to be able to accept the help or encouragement of others.
Lord, help me to put my pride aside and willingly seek out godly counsel when I need to do so. You have put many people in my life who I know are there to speak life into me. Give me the wisdom to know when to seek out their counsel. In turn, Lord, help me to be a able to give godly words of counsel. Allow your Holy Spirit to give me wisdom, knowledge and understanding when it comes to speaking words of life to others. Let my priority always be to seek you first, Lord.