As you make decisions and strategize plans, you’ll do well to gain counsel from wise, trusted confidants. In fact, Proverbs says that utilizing input from many counselors offers safety (Prov. 11:14). Their variety of opinions tends to ensure success (15:22; 20:18; 24:6).

The people of Isaiah’s day could have benefited by heeding wise counsel, but they had a hard time distinguishing good counsel from bad. So Isaiah contrasted the two. Reliable counsel …
• listens carefully to God (Is. 8:11);
• is not quick to identify “conspiracies” (8:12);
• avoids acting solely out of fear (8:12); and
• praises and respects the Lord (8:13).

Unreliable counsel …
• ignores God’s Law and testimony (8:19, 20);
• allows anger to distort things (8:21); and,
• leads to trouble and anguish (8:22).