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God's Wise Counsel
1/9/2015

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree   Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:1-3 (NKJV)

“What should I do?”  This is a question I frequently hear from many people as they seek counsel.  God knew it would be important for us to receive, and give wise counsel.  We can clearly see this as it is spoken of in the very first Psalm. 

According to Psalm 1 we are not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly.  This means we shouldn’t be asking advice from people who clearly are not walking with the Lord.  All too often people are eager to give their “two cents” worth with regard to advice, but more times than not it is based off their emotion and personal experience rather than God’s word. 

It isn’t just non-believers giving bad advice either as Christians can do the same thing.  The problem starts when we don’t first pray about the counsel we plan on giving.  We should be willing to seek the Lord’s will through His word and then allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in sharing it in love.  Unfortunately, counsel can be given with proper motives, but it can still be bad counsel.  I have seen many marriages hurt or destroyed by well-meaning people who have strongly encouraged a spouse to leave the marriage.

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise. Proverbs 12:15 (NKJV)

A close look at Psalm 1:2-3 gives us great insight so we can guarantee we are being wise about the counsel we give and receive.  It says our happiness comes as we meditate upon His word.  It’s when we think upon it or chew upon it continually.  It’s kind of like a cow chewing its cud; as it just continues to go round and round within our minds.  As we do this we will be like a tree, planted by streams of water.  To me, this means a healthy tree continually being refreshed. God’s Word is life to us and it flows just like the stream feeding the tree, as it comes from His throne (Rev. 22:1).

It comes down to this.  If we are looking for someone to agree with us while we are having a pity party then we will end up with bad counsel.  We might feel better for a little while because we are told what we want to hear, but we’re only furthering the problem by not being responsible for what God has called us to say and do.

Now, if we’re looking for good counsel then we should be seeking God and those people who are doing the same.  It is here where sound advice and encouragement find their foothold in the rebuilding process of reconciliation, both to God and to those around us.  I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.

STUDY QUESTION:  According to Psalm 1:1-3 what does the Lord do for those who seek God’s word and delight in abiding in it. 

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to seek God’s Word and His wisdom first and foremost when you need advice? 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Let’s make it a point of praying before asking for counsel and advice.  Then let’s compare the advice we are given with God’s word. 

LET'S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for giving us Your Word to seek good counsel from.  Help me to give good advice to those You send into my life.  May Your Spirit lead me in the counsel I give to others.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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