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“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”
(Proverbs 13:20 NIV)

Selecting the Right Counsel
by Chuck Bentley

If you’re looking for an investment adviser, try to find someone who’s a committed Christian.

Psalm 1:1 says we should avoid ungodly counsel. So, when you meet with a prospective adviser, test his or her value system. Advisers who will cheat for you will also cheat you. And, advisers who will bend the rules on your behalf against someone else will do the same thing to you. If a person’s counsel runs contrary to God’s Word, discount it as worthless.

Proverbs 13:20 says we should look for wise counsel. You want someone who earns you more money than he or she costs you. When you first meet with an adviser, ask questions about a particular investment that you’re knowledgeable about. Do research beforehand, if necessary. Then, if the adviser doesn’t impress you with his or her answers, look elsewhere for advice.

Proverbs 15:22 says we are to have multiple counselors. Don’t rely solely on the advice of one person. Ask trusted friends for their input. If you’re married, seek the advice of your spouse.

Finally, check a prospective adviser’s references and ensure that he or she has integrity. Your spouse should have input into the selection of any prospective adviser. God may give sensitivity and discernment to one of you that the other does not have.

Daily Scripture Reading:

Zechariah 1-6