Surrounded by wise men not fools
And Joab said to the king, “Now may the LORD your God add to the people a hundred times more than there are, and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. But why does my lord the king desire this thing?” 2 Samuel 24:3
When I was young, I would frequently get ideas to do bad or foolish things. But what was worse was that I surrounded myself with friends who thought those ideas were great. Idiotic ideas and reckless advice was a recipe for trouble and I sure did have my share growing up. Only if I had surrounded myself with people with wise council, I would have had better experiences.
King David had such a person in his commander, Joab. When ordered to take a census of all Israel, Joab questioned King David as to why he desired to do this thing because he knew it was contrary to scripture. Exodus 30:12 gives the guidelines for taking a census, but David didn’t follow it, his sole purpose for taking the census was just to know how many capable warriors he had. Or another way of putting it: he was proud and wanted to boast.
Even though David did not heed the words of Joab, we can take Joab’s example and apply it to our lives. We should surround ourselves with people who know the Word of God and speak the truth. Having an accountability partner is vital for our Christian walk. Let’s apply Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” I encourage you to find someone and to be someone who holds one another accountable.
Your brother in Christ,