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7 Bible Verses on Wise Counsel

Without good direction, people lose their way;
the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.
Proverbs 11:14
The Message Translation

In case you haven’t heard, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This topic is very near and dear to me as I have loved ones who have battled with their mental health. As I have walked with them through their journey over the years, there is much that I have learned.

In fact, much of the journey with them has not only revealed, but also helped me to better understand my calling. While I believe that God is and should be our primary source of guidance and wise counsel, I am not shy in expressing my advocacy for psychotherapy.

Early on in the journey, I observed much about mental health from the perspective of the church as well as that of the psychotherapeutic world. What I have learned and firmly believe is to achieve the highest degree of effectiveness, these two worlds must work in tandem.

From theologians to psychiatrists and everything in between, the world is saturated with those who can help others. But the problem presents itself when the work of those that offer help is not collaborative.

Here’s the thing, the church may not always have an awareness that professional help is needed beyond God’s word because their focus is often only placed on the spirit[ual]. On the other hand, psychotherapists who rely solely on their clinical background and education may fail at getting to the root or more specifically the “heart” of the problem because they are focused on the mind (psychological).

But God didn’t only create our spirit. God didn’t only create our mind. And God didn’t only create our body. He created our whole self. Therefore, the work of wise counsel cannot separate but must instead involve every aspect of a person.

Separation of the spiritual, psychological, and physical aspects of a person is what clinical psychologist David G. Benner refers to as “artificial separation that results in a trivialization of each”.1 God loves us entirely too much to minimize us to only one aspect of our being.

Life is already hard so why would we ever want to make it more difficult by separating what God created? The only thing that can separate our being and not create unnecessary complication is the divine word of God.

It’s alive, effectual, and sharp enough to sever our mind and spirit without trivializing or destroying us (Hebrews 4:12). In fact, it does just the opposite. It not only gives us life but it helps to sustain us.

God is in fact our greatest and wisest counselor (Isaiah 9:6). He already knows what we are going to say, he knows what we are thinking, and he knows what we are feeling. Even if we never tell him, he already knows (Psalm 139:4).

Unlike a human therapist, God is a one size fits all type of counselor. No matter what you bring to him, he always has the answer, his guidance is always consistent, and his word never fails (Isaiah 55:11). 

But I don’t want to get too far away from my earlier statement about my advocacy for psychotherapy. If help from a licensed mental health professional is needed, do not hesitate to get it.

Make no mistake, God can do all things and he does not need the help of people. But because he is such a gracious God, he provides us with tangible resources and tools to aid us. This may include human counselors as well as medication when needed (I’ll reserve that topic for another post).

Just keep in mind that for complete healing, you will want to find a mental health professional who will help you connect your psychotherapy to the word of God. If you find a good therapist who is equipped to only deal with the psychological aspect, that’s ok.

Just be sure to partner your therapy with guidance from your pastor, a biblical counseling ministry within the church, or even a trustworthy person who not only has sound theology but who is also spiritually mature.

Ultimately, what you want is to include someone who will always point you back to the Word of God on your journey towards becoming whole (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

There are numerous Bible verses related to wise counsel, but I’d like to leave you with just seven:

Bible Verses on Wise Counsel

  • I will bless the Lord who counsels me—even at night when my thoughts trouble me. ~ Psalm 16:7
  • I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel. ~ Psalm 32:8
  • You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me up in glory. ~ Psalm 73:24
  • No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel
    will prevail against the Lord. ~ Proverbs 21:30
  • Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or who gave him counsel? ~ Isaiah 40:13
  • And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. ~ John 14:16
  • But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without pretense. ~ James 3:17

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1 David G. Benner, Care of Souls: Revisioning Christian Nurture and Counsel (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998), 62.

David G. Benner, Care of Souls: Revisioning Christian Nurture and Counsel (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998), 62.

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