Pr. 20:18: “Plans are established by counsel; by wise counsel wage war.”
In Acts 13:1-4, we find 5 prophets and teachers ministering to the Lord and fasting. As they did so, the Holy Spirit instructed all 5 that Barnabas and Saul should be separated for a work to which the Lord had called them. vs. 3, “Then, having fasted and prayed and laid hands on them, they sent them away.”
Paul and Barnabas had a hard road ahead of them, but being connected to the Lord gave all 5 men very clear instruction about the fact this was His plan. After fasting and praying together, they obeyed in faith.
The best way to receive counsel from the Lord is to be connected to Him, just as these 5 men were. Receiving counsel from the Lord is the best way to live in peace, believing that God will be with you through the journey.
Knowing clearly God’s plan, Paul and Barnabas were able to endure the persecution, abuse, malice, and misfortune they later faced on their journey.
When our plans come from the Lord, we can embark on our journey knowing that those plans are not only for good, but come with the guarantee that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Establishing plans from any other source is a risk we don’t need to take.