….and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present…. (Lk 22:6).
There is a place where deception dwells- it is in isolation.
When we remove ourselves from the crowd of wise council we set ourselves up for certain failure. Judas removed himself from the 12 and from those who were supportive of Jesus. He did what was right in his own eyes because he had given way to deceit.
We do the very same thing and our story will end just like Judas’ if we are not aware of our own self-deception. Just as Haman was hung on the gallows he prepared for someone else, we too hang our own selves through the decisions we make apart from wise counsel.
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, they succeed.” (Proverbs 15:22)
I have often convinced myself in the quietness of isolation that what I was preparing to do was “what God wanted.” Until I threw it at wise counsel, I was blinded to my own self-deception, birthed in isolation.
One of the key ways I know I’m walking in deceit is when I don’t want to share with someone, who is wise, what I’m planning to do because I fear their response will be to say it’s not a good idea. Therefore, I’ll manipulate and convince myself that I don’t need their opinion on this one.
Whenever we avoid wise council we are sure to be walking in grave deception. Our path will not be straight, nor will it lead toward peace, because as the proverbs say, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.”- Proverbs 12:15
Jesus, I want to hear your voice. Sometimes mine gets clouded with yours, not because you’re not speaking, but because my flesh wants what it wants. Lord, I want to walk in wisdom, surrounded myself with wise counsel and LISTEN to what they say. May I weigh everything with your word. I want to walk by faith, trusting in your promises, laying down what I think is best to take up what you say for my life, in Jesus name, Amen.