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How To Attain Unto Steermanship
"A final decision should be preceded by mature deliberation." - Matthew Henry
"Many eyes see more than one."
"Take time, and you will have done the sooner."
"It is good in every thing to act with deliberation, and to consult with ourselves at least, and in matters of moment, with our friends, too, before we determine, but especially to ask counsel of God, and beg direction from Him, and observe the guidance of His eye."
"It is a good rule, both in public and domestic affairs, to do nothing rashly and of one's own head."
- all of the above quotes are from Matthew Henry
Proverbs 1:5 says - "A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels."
It is recorded in Matthew Henry's Commentary that one of the greatest of rabbims once said - "If our stock of knowledge be not increasing, it is wasting; and those that would increase in learning must study the scriptures; these perfect the man of God."
King Solomon said that it is the "wise man" - who with great attention - hearkens to wise sayings and proverbs. This man is willing to learn and add to his stock of learning - knowing more and more of it better, more clearly, and more distinctly. This "man of understanding," in turn, becomes fair for preferment. In other words, he is then consulted by others as an oracle or is entrusted with the management of public affairs...he masters the art and principles of governing himself and others...he has the reigns of government in his hands...and he sits as a pilot or steers the ship aright. Said another way - He has the power to steer his course rightly on the dangerous seas of life. This is what Solomon meant when he said that he "shall attain unto wise counsels."
Steermanship or "attaining unto wise counsels" does not come easily. Much preparation goes into reaching such a level of prominence.
This "wise man" understands Ecclesiastes 8:6 which says - "Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him." He understands that there is a fit way and season for the accomplishment of every business. There is a right and proper manner of getting things done well. He discerns the best time and way, then hits upon the right opportunity - avoiding the misery that goes along with missing it.
It's not always easy to find the right method or proper opportunity for every "purpose" or business. Most miss it. That is why there is so much misery in the world today.
The "wise man" knows that he needs help outside of himself.
Proverbs 20:18 says - "Every purpose is established by counsel..."
Proverbs 15:22 adds - "Without counsel purposes are disappointed..."
He knows that his "purpose" or various designs will come to success, be strengthened, or established only through the good advice from others. Without it, everything goes wrong...his plans come to nothing...and he meets with failure each and every time.
This "counsel" entails managing his business with serious consideration and deliberation. He forms a scheme in his mind, resolves upon the matter, takes advice of friends, and most importantly, asks counsel of God. He doesn't enter upon anything rashly.
He realizes that if he will not seek or receive advice from those who are discreet and honest, there is a good chance that his measures will be broken...come short of their point...or not gain their end.
Proverbs 11:14 says outrightly - "Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety." Where there is no guidance...direction...or prudent consultation, the individual, kingdom, nation, commonwealth, or city falls to pieces...falls easy prey to the enemy...or crumbles into factions. However, the large capacity or endowment of the "counsellor" or "counsellors" brings safety and victory.
Do you desire to be a leader who pilots and steers the ship of life for yourself and others...manages public affairs...or holds the "reigns of government" in your hands?
That all depends on whether or not you are willing to listen attentively to and receive wise counsel from others as well as "increase in learning."
A "Know-it-all" will never attain to such heights.
Pastor Henry is earlier quoted as saying -
"Many eyes see more than one."
Can you accept that as being true? Or does Pride stand in the way of your "attaining unto wise counsels" or steermanship?
Think about it!
May God Bless His Word.