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They are the ones who give out all the advice, the ones who are the leaders, who everyone goes to for help sorting out problems. They are those with the listening ear, the patience of gold, and the words that help stop confusion. They’ve got it all together; they are the experts on life. I am talking about pastors. I am talking about counselors. They are solid foundations in our world and don’t struggle the way the rest of us do – or, do they? Is it okay for pastors and counselors to need counseling, to seek others for help in sorting out life?

Human Nature

Sometimes pastors and counselors are placed high on a pedestal since they have a lot of the answers to many problems in life. They have discernment and a natural gifting to be able to help others. Because of this high calling profession, they are sometimes viewed as wise as God Himself. What is forgotten is that pastors and counselors are humans- people who also have their own problems to sort out. Just because they have these professional roles doesn’t mean that they are opted out of any sort of struggle in life. Pastors and counselors NEED to be able to have another listening ear and mouth of truth to be able to bounce their thoughts off of. A big part of growing wise is from seeking Godly counsel. “Listen to advice and receive discipline, that you may become wise by the end of your life.” (Proverbs 19:20)

Godly Counsel versus Worldly Counsel

When seeking counsel – whether a pastor or a counselor is seeking this advice or if it is your average Joe, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to seek Godly counsel. A lot of answers to life’s problems are out there – but many answers can come in worldly ways. It is important to seek perspectives that are filled with truths and based on the word, not just opinions about someone who thinks life should go about. Good advice and counsel is biblically sound – for the truths in the Bible will help make all paths straight since they are from God (Proverbs 3:6). Living by the word will bring about success in Gods eyes (not necessarily the worlds eyes) and sometimes those in advice-giving positions just need to be reminded of this. It is written in Colossians 2:8, “Be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you through an empty, deceitful philosophy that is according to human traditions and the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”

No Need to Walk Alone

If a person first prays about a situation and seeks the Lord, but still feels confused on the issue, then it is a good idea to seek Godly counsel on the matters. For when two or more are gathered in prayer it is written that the prayer is powerful because God is in the midst (Matthew 18:19,20). The agreement upon an issue takes communication about the situation and praying it through. This agreement helps to support and encourage that who is in need.

Discern the Counsel

Even amongst the body of believers unfortunately matters of prayer can be turned into a way of gossip. People may say, “Oh, I heard this about so-and-so – so please pray for them.” It is very important that when asking for prayer or advice on a situation, that the person being asked can be trusted to not tell the world. It is vital that when spilling the contents of a situation and looking for advice, that it is done in the presence of someone who is going to speak life, not death into the matter.


There is no need for anyone to walk through this world alone, no matter what profession is held. God has filled the world with several other fellow believers, brothers and sisters out there who be in agreement and of encouragement. Sometimes talking through a problem is needed to puts things into clear perspective. Godly counsel doesn’t have to be professional counsel, it could be just asking a friend, a mentor, or a spouse’s advice. The important thing to remember is to seek counsel that is Godly, confidential, and based off of biblical truths. Even pastors and counselors can benefit from being in agreement with another believer about their own personal situations – for then victories can also be celebrated together.

Lights UP North writes from deep inside the great Northern Woods in hopes of bringing inspiration, encouragement, and hope to others. Ministering to those who are suffering from eczema and allergies is another strong passion for Lights UP North.

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