Memory Verse: I counsel thee to buy… gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and… and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see, Revelation 3:18.
Bible Passage: Isaiah 9:6
A counsellor guides on options and choices available in any given problem and the consequences thereof. He steers towards a proper exercise of discretion and avoidance of error. There will always be multiple competing, mutually exclusive ways of dealing with an issue. Some options might appear right, attractive and reasonable or merely convenient, but it is only the Lord’s counsel that shall stand. The paradise of the Garden of Eden and the intimate relationship between God and man was lost as a result of Eve’s decision to choose Satan’s counsel over God’s simple admonition, Gen. 3:1-6. Jesus, at the start of His mission of restoration, was confronted by Satan with several options in Matthew 4:1-11, but Jesus rejected all and stuck to the written counsel of God.
Jesus came to restore paradise lost. He counselled us on virtually every aspect of life. In Matthew 18:21-22, He counselled us on forgiveness. In Matthew 19:3-9, He counselled on divorce. In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus advised Martha on the need to get her life’s priorities right and in John 8:3-11, He counselled the woman caught in the very act of adultery. Jesus is the best counsellor. No one has all the answers to the questions of life. We all need counsel.
The Lord’s counsel is perfect. It is always consistent with the word written and the teaching of the Word made flesh, Ps. 33:11, Pro. 19:21. Consider the foolish counsel of Job’s wife in Job 2:9, the evil counsel of the spies in Numbers 13:30-32, the destructive counsel of Ahithophel in 2 Sam. 16:20-22. But the counsel of the Lord remains safe, sure and perfect – Proverbs 24:6, Revelation 3:18.
Please note that good counsel is not necessarily perfect counsel. We see in part and know in part and, therefore, we are quite limited by time, space and circumstances. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, our ever-present help in time of trouble. We pray you will be humble enough to accept His counsel in faith, even when it does not make sense to the human or natural mind, reminding yourself that the “foolishness” of God is wiser than man. You will always accept the divine counsel of God in the mighty name of Jesus.
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