Jeremiah 6:16 NKJV Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.‘
Jeremiah 6:25 NKJV Do not go out into the field, Nor walk by the way. Because of the sword of the enemy, Fear is on every side.
Last week we talked about avoiding fear by simply learning from the mistakes of others. Today let’s talk about surrounding ourselves with wise counsel.
When Israel got off track and began serving other gods, the Lord repeatedly warned them they were going to get themselves into trouble. Israel found themselves without peace and though they wanted to find peace and rest they only found fear on every side. Why? Because they wouldn’t listen to God or the counsel of those that walked in that fearless rest.
The Lord even encouraged them to look to the paths that their heroes of faith and ancestors walked and to follow in their footsteps. He’s encouraging them to look down the path before them and think about the path of those like Enoch, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Isaac, Moses, etc… and to learn from observing and studying them what are the right decisions and paths to take in life. Another way we might apply this wisdom to avoid finding ourselves with fear on every side is to surround ourselves with the wise counsel and advice of those who are walking in fearless rest or at least maintaining lives free from the terrors we wish to avoid.
God’s Word ultimately contains the purest and best advice and wisdom to avoid walking in the darkness and terror of fear. Also look for people walking in the genuine success you wish to have. Look to the happily married couple of 35+ years that have avoided the horrors of divorce and ask them about married life. Talk to the 50 or 55 year old middle class man who is debt free and is stockpiling his IRA for future retirement having avoided the terror associated with dodging debt collectors. Find someone who is walking in God’s rest in an area that you would like to and find out how they did it. When you find wise advice and see the paths of the wise that have avoided fearful circumstances in life learn from them and do not say, “I’m going to figure it out on my own and do it my way.” Learning from the lives of others and surrounding ourselves with wise counsel is one way we can avoid waking up with fear on every side.