I wish to encourage you to seek wise, Christ centred counsel.
At some point, all of us seek counsel from others in relation to what’s happening in our own lives. We typically go to people who have trained in specific fields, who have proven history of greater understanding in the matters of concern. This is why we consult Doctors, Dentists, Accountants, Lawyers, Plumbers, Electricians, and Mechanics etc. Why, because they should know what we do not know! They should understand the design, the manufacturers intended purpose, the processes and rationale required to make right, the things that go wrong.
The very same sensible thought process should be applied regarding spiritual matters in life, yet so often the spiritual realities of our lives are ignored, and at great cost.
When we visit a counsellor of any kind, amongst other things, we expect them to give us advice that we would not have thought of ourselves. So it is with the Lord; “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8). In our worldly thinking, it is usually forgotten that “with God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding” (Job 12:13), “he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom” (Isaiah 28:29).
Now, you would think that sensible people would ask the designer, the maker, the one who knows with certainty how humans can function best. Yet history proves that mankind does not seek God, most turn aside, they choose to have no fear of God (Romans 3:10-18).
King David, a man who knew what it was to foolishly do his own thing, understood the deceitfulness of the human heart. He explains how people attempting to live independent of God’s authority reason like this; “he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity (sin) cannot be found out and hated” (Psalms 36:2). In other words, we make ourselves out to be better than we really are in order to prevent ourselves from having to agree with God about the sin in our lives. This is why people often seek help from other sources while refusing God’s help.
The world, after two thousand years, still repeats the disastrous error of the religious leaders from the first century, who “took counsel against Jesus to put him to death” (Matthew 27:1). By nature, we wish Christ out of our lives, we ignore Him, we relegate Him into the category of being irrelevant and therefore, inconsequential. Even though, and contrary to popular opinion, the Lord says; “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalms 1:1-2).
The Best Way
Consultation with the Almighty is as easy as prayerfully opening His Word, the Bible. For those who have a soft heart, who genuinely want to understand God’s ways; the Lord speaks with remarkable simplicity and clarity, bringing peace with God.
First, “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6). Jesus’ invitation still stands; “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Together For Christ: Lincoln Forlong www.bbf.net.nz