CounselorBro. David Chancellor
4/13/2008 11:00 AM
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
This talks about the names that Jesus would have. These names describe the many things he is to us. Jesus is to be our counselor. A counselor gives advice and consultation about behaviors and courses of action. We need professional help for our soul; we need Jesus as our counselor.
People used to go to their spiritual leaders for counsel, but now they go to psychiatrists. We can receive counsel from God through prayer and study. If you’re struggling with finding the answer, you can have your minister help you seek God’s counsel in prayer and in the Word. There are times in life when we need to stop and really seek God’s direction about choices we need to make. He’ll give you advice on how to find the best course through life.
And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy. And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us. And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you? And they said unto Joshua, We are thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come ye? And they said unto him, From a very far country thy servants are come because of the name of the Lord thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt, And all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, which was at Ashtaroth. Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your servants: therefore now make ye a league with us. This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy: And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey. And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord. And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.
It wasn’t long before Joshua and the others found out that they’d been told a lie. The trouble began because they didn’t ask God what to do about these folks before they made an agreement with them. Many times things present themselves to us that aren’t as they appear. Keep in mind that you’re only getting half the story. If you’ll go to God who sees the whole story, he’ll help you make the right choice no matter what you confront. Choices have far reaching consequences. We need God’s counsel, especially in choices that could affect us for the rest of our lives. Sometimes this means we have to wait. When you’re pressured to do something now, take time to stop and think it over and pray. Give God time to reveal the rest of the story. There’s benefit in finding out what God has to say about things.
Because I have called, and ye have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
God has often had mercy on those who have avoided his counsel. If you don’t get counsel from God, there will be something to reap. The fruit of going your own way is not always pleasant to reap. The choices we make have consequences. Some of those consequences will mock you. Weigh the consequences before you make a decision. Seek counsel from God and do what he tells you. You can reject God’s counsel outright or by just not asking for it. There shouldn’t be anything in your life that is off limits to God’s counsel. Take everything to God for counsel.
Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his name, Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
God is great in counsel because he knows all your ways. He sees what you are and what you are inclined to do. It’s good to go to God for counsel. Parents try to give advice on how to make things easier. If you listen, God can tell you what to do in your situation.
For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
If you’ll seek God and listen to his voice, he can keep you on the path. God will guide you even through the hard places. God allows some hard times to come along the path he gives us. Those times of adversity will work good for us. Whatever path God gives is good for your soul. As you face choices and decisions, go to God for direction.
Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
We need to be able to admit our ignorance. If we’ll go to God, he can take us by the hand and lead us. This is how we’ll make it to heaven. Go to God for counsel. Learn how to ask Jesus for help regularly. Learn to pray through and get answers from God. Ask God’s advice and follow it.