All of us at one time or another have to face difficult situations in life. Somehow we reach a cross-road of events and circumstances where we are called to make a decision.
In 1962, then U.S. President John F. Kennedy faced a crucial problem of his Presidency. The problem was what to do when Premier Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union who had delivered nuclear missiles to Cuba which could be a launching pad for a nuclear attack to the U.S. main land. The world held its breath as the US and the Soviet Union stood at the brink of nuclear war. President Kennedy demanded the immediate removal of the missiles. Consequently tensions were at an all-time high.
President Kennedy then phoned three former US presidents to get their advice, namely: Herbert Hoover who had faced the economic problems of the Great Depression in the 1930’s; Harry S. Truman who had ended World War II; and 5-Star Gen. Dwight Eisenhower who had served as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, and who when he was yet a colonel in the U.S. Army had served as Aid-de-Camp of 5-Star Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines. Each former President had valuable insights to share. Thereafter, President Kennedy conferred with all of his White House Consultants-Advisers, and a balanced course of action defused the crisis. Consequently, a Third World War was averted.
The crisis facing us may not be as crucial as the one that faced President Kennedy, but whether big or small, it is always advisable to consult the experts, the reputable personalities, depending on the magnitude of the problem and what is the problem about.. The final consultant, however, is God. Through the Bible, we ask ourselves: what does the Scriptures say? Hence, the absolute necessity of knowing the Scriptures, since we can no longer talk to God or Jesus Christ personally.
The Wise King Solomon said: “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety (Prov. 11:14).” The word translated “counsel” is a Hebrew nautical term used for steering a ship. The wisdom of godly consultants can help steer us in the right direction. We should at all times seek the advice of counselors who are perceived as wise and are godly.
A truly wise person is open to the counsel and insight of others, especially to those God-fearing ones.
Once in the past when I was a young practitioner of the law profession, my former boss, Atty. Leopoldo M. Abellera, then a respected and well known practitioner in Davao City; a classmate of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos in the College of Law of the University of the Philippines, having been appointed as a Government Corporate Counsel then, and later as Justice of the Court of Appeals and concurrently a Board of Transportation Chairman (BOT) which was in charge of land, air and sea transportation businesses of the Republic of the Philippines, asked me to join him in the government. It was a very attractive offer in terms of “extra income”, and influence, so to speak bluntly, with a high possibility and chance for me to be appointed to a high government position suitable to my qualification while President Marcos was in power, but after consulting my own father whom I perceived to be a godly father, some well-meaning friends and relatives (as I was not then “born again”), I merely relied on my common sense, I politely declined the generous offer. Instead, I decided to continue engaging in my private practice. Looking in retrospect, especially after President Marcos was deposed, I do not regret my decision. I am where I am now in my law practice because I consulted others who are godly and have decided rightly.
Thus, when we face any crisis, it is a must that we seek the advice of God-fearing counselors for our guidance. Ultimately to be assured of sound decisions, we should not only seek godly human counselors, but Our God through prayers and His Divine Guidance.