After every presidential election the winner begins the process of selecting the members of their cabinet. The cabinet is a board to advise the President; its members include Attorney General, Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Labor, The Interior, The Treasury, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs. While the Constitution does not specifically provide for these offices and for the cabinet in general, it is a wise practice for a president to follow. These individuals are to provide wisdom and instruction for the President as he makes decision and establishes policy for the country. Those whom he chooses WILL influence how he thinks and the decisions he makes. You can tell much about a leader by looking at those whom he chooses as counselors.
The Bible says in Proverbs 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety. Yes, we can go through life making our own decisions and ignoring the advice of wise people, but we will end our life in disaster. The Bible says there is “safety” in a multitude of counselors. That means we should have more than one counselor. The following is a list of those that should be in every Believer’s Cabinet:
1. Counsel of the Word of God. If we are to have wisdom we must begin at the source of all wisdom and that is the Bible. David said in Psalm 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. The Bible will give light to my path. It will show me the direction that God intends for my walk today, and for my lifetime. Just as the President gets his morning briefing of events and security risks, a Believer must begin his day in the Word of God to get his briefing from our Heavenly Father.
2. Counsel of Wise Spiritual Leaders and Believers. One of the Titles for the office of Pastor is “Elder.” This title describes the function of the Pastor as he gives spiritual counsel to help us make our decisions. Each of us should choose to seek the counsel and wisdom from the spiritual leaders in our lives. This should include our pastor, Sunday school teacher, or another mature believer. In Titus 1 the Apostle Paul admonished the older women of a church to teach the younger, the older men to teach the younger. Nothing can replace the wisdom of a life dedicated to God, that lives in the Bible and has a testimony of godliness.
3. Counsel of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. One of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to help us as Believers to know the right things; He is our teacher, and He is our guide. An example of this ministry is found in Acts 16 when Paul wanted to go to Asia to preach the word, the Spirit forbade him. Then Paul wanted to go to Bithynia, but the Spirit suffered him not. Then the Holy Spirit in a dream instructed him to go to Macedonia. God the Holy Spirit was Paul’s counselor. Oh, that we might seek the wisdom and instruction of the Spirit of the Holy One that lives inside of us!
Let's take the time to form our “Cabinet of Advisors” and then seek their counsel.