And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor…
Who do you turn to for advice? Is it a friend, a loved one, your mother, your husband, a mentor? Maybe you find yourself flipping on the TV to see what Oprah or Dr. Phil has to say? But what makes their counsel trustworthy?
We all know what a counselor is… it is someone that gives us advice or guidance. How many times have you needed advice? How many times have you found yourself at a crossroads and simply not known what to do? When you ask others for counsel, how do you know you are getting the right advice for the situation you are in? Do you follow it blindly or do you then take that advice and go and get advice on whether or not you should act on the advice?
I think we women have a tendency to analyze everything; the littlest remark, cross ways look, and big cross road type decisions. It is good to seek good counsel or advice but so often, we look to find the solutions to life’s issues in the wrong place. We ask our friends, who don’t always make the right decisions themselves. We ask people who really don’t know us all that well or worse we ask people whose real motive in advising us to manipulate us into doing what they want you to do.
Unfortunately, we end up from time to time listening to advice that does us more harm than good.
When faced with a decision or a circumstance that you need counsel on wouldn’t it be awesome to talk to someone who knew you intimately? To someone who knows you better than you know yourself? Someone as wise as Solomon who could give you guidance, wisdom, and insight into the problem, or situation you are experiencing.
Have you ever wondered if Jesus could help you to gain clarity and insight into the issue you are facing?
Are you thinking how can Jesus counsel me? He’s up there and I’m down here. Well, after all he left us the Holy Spirit who is called the Counselor, and whose role is to guide us into all truth. The truth is he understands you better than you understand yourself. After all he did knit you together in your mother’s womb. Since he wired you so he knows how you think, feel, and react to every situation.
He always knows the future. Long before you were ever born, he knew every decision, crossroad, victory, heartache, and every tear we would ever experience. The treasure of Jesus being our Counselor is that he has a plan for our lives. Remember Jeremiah 29:11?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
If we look to him for counsel He will guide us. But what can I practically do to practice going to him for counsel.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-7)
I know there are women that have been praying for wisdom and guidance regarding a situation for quite some time. Maybe you’ve been praying for wisdom in how to resolve a relationship conflict. Perhaps you need direction in a difficult and confusion decision. Possibly you have been asking the Lord to help you reach a lost loved one for years.
You’ve prayed. I want to encourage you… Don’t give up praying for help and direction. Press in closer. Keep asking. He does hear you, he has not forgotten you. Timing is everything and he is at work.
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David said, “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.” (Psalm 119:24) His love letter is the instruction manual for life. Because it is living and active it will speak to you where you are emotionally. Practically and morally it outlines all we need to know for each situation we encounter; relationships, trials, tests, illness, etc. I want to make decisions that won’t trip me up. His advice and direction may not be the popular or "PC" thing to do and it may not being the easy thing to do, especially when compared to the advice you might get from a friend, but I guarantee you it is the right thing to do.
Now God can and will use others to talk to you but this is how you know if their counsel is wise, it will match up with God’s word. It will never contradict what scripture encourages you to do.
Jesus is wonderful, and so is the gift of his counsel.