“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah 53:1.
The word of God says that we should not walk in the counsel of the ungodly (Psalms 1:1). As Christians we must be careful who we take advise from. It is God’s desire and pleasure to counsel and advise us. His sovereign way of doing things will always lead to life. He counsels us in different ways, such as speaking to us through his Holy Spirit or through men and women of God. This does not mean that there is no counsel within the gates of the ungodly, but the result may lead to a bigger problem and pushes us away from trusting God to direct us. The Bible says that we should not practice divination or soothsaying (Leviticus 19:26). Saul was one such victim, after the spirit of God left him, he became desperate, there was no word from the Lord because the kingdom was already taken from him (spiritually). So, he sought help from the witch of Endor to bring up the spirit of the prophet Samuel (1 Sam. 28:3-19). Today, there are still people like Saul, who have sought the help of fortune tellers or psychics to tell them their future or to seek out their help for whatever issues they are faced with. But this practice will only lead to spiritual bondage, separation from God and destruction. The Bible says when we seek after those things there is no light in us (Isaiah 8:19-20).
Ungodly counsel can also take the form of just taking advise from a friend who is an unbeliever instead of seeking God. God want us to rely on him and to trust in his promises. When we take counsel from ungodly men, they will only speak from a physical point of view that can cause doubt in our faith walk. But, when we take counsel from men and women of God, they will speak from a Biblical standpoint, thus resulting in an outcome that will build your faith in Christ. Seeking God for advice is nothing new, there are many examples in the Bible for us to follow. See the following scriptures for further reading and encouragement, Genesis 25: 22, Judges 18:5, 1 Sam. 10:22, 1 Sam 23:2, 1 Chron. 14:14 and many more.
I have friends who are not yet Christians, though they believe in God, they have not committed their lives to him. One day I shared a personal issue with one of them, and though he gave me solid advice, it was based entirely on his physical opinion. In the middle of the conversation with my friend I began to feel anxious and depress. Suddenly I could not see God’s hand working in my situation for my good anymore (Romans 8:28), all I saw was defeat and failure. But the Holy Spirit ministered to me during the conversation with my friend and immediately after I got off the phone, I repented before the Lord. All I received from my friend that day was negative results. Thank God for his Holy Spirt who placed conviction on me that day, to get back in the word of God and to stand only on his promises. This experience has taught me another lesson, that we can have friends who are not Christians, but we must never seek their counsel. God is a jealous God (Exod. 20:5 & Deut. 4:24), and he loves us with an everlasting love, (Jer. 31:3).
Do you find yourself in a state of confusion and worry? Are you concerned about a matter and not sure what to do or who to ask for advice? The answer you seek is within Jesus Christ. He has the solution, but you must turn to him in by reading his word and by talking to him through prayer. His way or his solution is always right even if you do not understand it. But you can rest assured that eventually you will always thank him for the outcome.
Please sing this beautiful hymn with me, “What a friend we have in Jesus: –
What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer,
Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Please help me to always turn to you first because in you there is good counsel that leads to life eternally. To you be all the glory honor and praise in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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