Why seek the Holy Spirit’s counsel when making decisions? Because adhering to His good counsel is the secret to living a life of happiness, that’s why! I don’t know about you, but I want to be happy. I have found that if I do God’s will, then I am happy. When I seek the Holy Spirit’s counsel through persistent prayer, I do the right things. I make the right decisions. Seeking His counsel enriches our lives; it does not stifle us, but frees us to be the best we can be. Aligning our wills to God’s will sets our course aright. I am a firm believer in the widely quoted passage from Jeremiah, my favorite passage in the Bible:
For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe; plans to give you a future full of hope (Jer 29:11).
Yes, I will continue to make mistakes, and yes, I will sin, for I am human; but hopefully, I will always seek the Holy Spirit’s counsel. I desire to do God’s will in alignment with the plan that He has for my life. I can count on error-free guidance. Who in their right mind, would pass on such a gift?
Holy Spirit’s Counsel
Counsel itself, is not a virtue that we “practice.” However, seeking the Holy Spirit’s counsel is a good habit to consider when making decisions in your life. Here is a short video from Pope Francis’ catechesis on Counsel that sums things up nicely, as only Pope Francis could do.
“Seek God’s will in all that you do, and He will show you the path to take” (Proverbs 3:6). Wise words, don’t you think? Well, they come from God, so perhaps we could begin by following this good advice. Seek God in prayer, and He will come to meet you wherever you are at.