Trusting in Him is a struggle when people you know disagree with your decision. When people whose counsel you usually value is contrary to what you believe God is telling you.

God has told us there is wisdom in heeding Godly counsel, ‘Where no counsel is, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.’ [Proverbs 11:14], ‘Pride only breeds quarrels but wisdom is found in those who take advice.’ [Proverbs 13:10]

But what if the will of the Lord has not necessarily been sought and personal opinions are being offered? Trusting in Him becomes even more imperative, so that we are not swayed by the majority. The story of the 12 spies comes to mind [Numbers 13 & 14] when the majority had not sought the counsel of God but trusted in their own judgment, they trusted in what they could see with their earthly eyes and understand with their own wisdom. They spoke over the few who trusted in Him; their voices greater in number and therefore “louder” than the rest, only to be corrected (severely) by the Lord [Numbers 14:36-37].

Trusting in Him often requires courage [Joshua 1:9], it requires us to know Him for our selves; weighing up what has been told to us by man with what we know about the nature and character of our Lord. There will be a time when what appears to make no sense even to us and the naysayers are growing in number, the Lord will be tugging at our heart and pulling us in the opposite direction. During this time we must remember that he has also told us, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” [Proverbs 3:5-6].

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