You know when you have an issue in your life and you just can't seem to figure out what to do? Well, that's where family members and friends come in, right? We pick up the phone and ask for advice. Searching for answers from a loved one comes easy for us. There's nothing wrong with that, don't get me wrong, but let me ask you this, what makes you think they are going to give you the perfect advice? Whatever your reason may be or maybe now you are starting to rethink your friend's counsel, let me remind you that all of us humans, are not perfect. Don't freak out though! I know just the right person that is going to give you the best advice out there...
that's right, God.
Because our hearts can be deceitful and our brains, well, they aren't always the sharpest (I know mine isn't...thanks Lyme brain), we should seek counsel from the One who knows everything. The Bible, His word, is a great place to start when seeking advice. 2 Timothy 3:16 (NASB) says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness." It says it right there. The Bible can help us with whatever we are facing. Whether we need to learn or be corrected, God wants us to seek His word because it's His own life manual for us. The book of Proverbs talks a lot about wisdom. Proverbs 1:7 (NASB) says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction." Psalms 33:11 (NASB) says, "The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation." Not to mention, even before Jesus was born, it was prophesied that He would be called "wonderful counselor (Isaiah 9:6)". That's pretty cool, if you ask me. So why is it that when we have a problem, we talk to our friends before we even talk to the One who created us? I wonder how that makes Him feel. Hmm...something to think about.
In Him we find wise counsel.
I challenge you to seek God's counsel first.
You may not get an answer right away, but be patient...He'll give you counsel in His timing, whether it be through His word, discernment or through someone.
Today's scripture is John 19-21.