Job 11:7-8 Giving False Counsel

Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than heaven–what can you do? Deeper than Sheol–what can you know? Job 11:7-8

There is always someone who has an opinion about what another person is going through. Many love to counsel that person with giving their opinion on how to deal with whatever situation that they are found to be in. Although some of the counsel may be good, very often they are based on the wrong baseline and become false or bad counseling.

Zophar asks Job is he could search out and know the deep things of God or the limits of God. Later he tells Job that he must repent of his sins to overcome the troubles he is in.

Standing on the outside the troubles that a person is going through can look entirely different than what is really occurring. It is easy for one to think of it as a problem of the individual’s choices when it may have absolutely nothing to do with the choices made. There are times when outside forces have brought on the trouble.

Believers in the church that are watching someone go through an extremely difficult time are quick to tell them to repent of any sin that they have done. This is often done because of the false belief that believers should never go through trouble unless they have done something wrong against God.

Zophar had it right when he stated that one cannot fully know the deep things of God. He did not understand that God was using the troubles to prove Job as righteous. Unless God gives full revelation, a believer cannot know fully what is going on.

Giving false counsel to repent will lead one down the wrong path. Believers must be careful in how they counsel ones going through trouble.

As you are watching a friend or loved one go through an extremely difficult time, be careful what counsel you give them. While there may be sin in that person’s life, it may also be a time of God proving them and building them up in their faith. Their lives may be a witness of God’s power in their lives.

Seek God first before you give counsel and see what He has to say and then say only that.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will reveal to you when you are giving false counsel; that God will open your eyes to what He is doing; and that you will trust God in your own life during difficult times.

1 Chronicles 21:4 Rejecting Good Counsel

The king’s word, however, overruled Joab; so Joab left and went throughout Israel and then came back to Jerusalem. 1 Chronicles 21:4

Somehow Satan was able to get David to choose to take a census of all the people of Israel. This went directly against the law that God had given Moses for the Israelites to follow. Joab tried to get David to back down on his request to take the census, but David’s word ruled, since he was the king. Joab did take the census as ordered, but afterwards, God was angry and many people of Israel were killed by an angel of the Lord.

Most leaders surround themselves with other people who can give them counsel on how to be the best leader possible. The president of the United States has many different people to guide him in various areas of leadership. There is too much information that is needed for one person to understand everything and be able to make the correct decisions on his own.

Each of these people have their belief in what is the best choice to make, based off of information that they believe is correct. Some of these people will be giving counsel that is good for the people as a whole, while others will give counsel that is focused only on being good for a few.

The challenge comes at the point of having to choose whether to follow the given counsel or not.

David was given counsel by the devil to take the census. When warned not to take that counsel and to follow the counsel of God, he rejected it. This caused a downfall and punishment.

There are times in your life when you will be looking to do something that may not be right in the eyes of God. A good, trusted friend, who is a servant of God, may try to give you counsel in not going down that path. Or you may hear a sermon or read something that speaks against that choice. These things are good counsel that is coming from God to guide you.

What choice will you make?

Do not be like David was and reject the good counsel being given. Stop and take a look at what God’s word says and verify that the counsel would be the same as His, and then choose to follow it. Do not bring God’s anger upon you by rejecting good counsel.

I pray today that you will hear God’s word to you; that you will reject the counsel of this world; that you will choose to follow God’s directions; and that you will always walk in God’s ways.