We are given many examples and proverbs in the Bible dealing with getting advice from others. When seeking God’s will, having a brother or sister in Christ confirm what you believe you understand can be helpful. Likewise, the wise advice of a mature Christian can help you see something you might have overlooked. However the key to this principle is wise counsel. Although God can reveal something to you through a relative or friend who doesn’t have faith in Christ, be careful that what you are seeking is truly wise counsel and not just someone to agree with what you want to hear.
Specific applications then may be:
- Talking to an older woman whose faith you admire about the decisions you are facing;
- Asking several people for information about their labor experiences (including some who made choices you think you are not interested in) before writing out your own birth plan;
- Taking the time to learn about the options in labor from several sources;
- Reviewing what you have learned with someone you trust.