QUESTION: Dr. Couch, would Proverbs 11:14 be applicable for our day and times?
ANSWER: I think so. The verse reads: “Where there is no guidance, the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.”
This certainly sounds like one of the parties in our American politics. Even secular commentators are asking, “Where is the experience and the wisdom in our modern politicians?” I would ask another question, what is wrong with the constituency and the people who are voting in that they do not see through the light weight candidates, who have no experience, and who simply tout a liberal agenda?
Merrill Unger writes in his OT commentary: “Where is ‘wise council,’ i.e. in the sense of ‘leadership’ to steer the ship of state. God’s punishment on a sinful state is to give it leaders devoid of wisdom (15:22; Isa. 3:4). Compare the case of Rehoboam, whose kingdom suffered tragic loss because of neglect of good counsel (I Kings 12:13-17).”
Thanks for asking.
Dr. Mal Couch