To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. Job 12:13
Seeking wisdom, power, counsel and understanding are some things that people have sought ever since mankind has been on this earth. Some have written volumes of books on giving wisdom and counsel. People will automatically think of certain people when it comes to wisdom and counsel. Quotes are often heard from a few famous authors as being very wise.
Power is also sought by many. Leaders have risen and fallen who have sought great power. Some seek it in ways to control others, while a few seek to just help others. There have been many who have used the power gained in very bad ways, while others have used it in positive ways.
Job points out that all these things belong to God. Without God, there is no wisdom, power, counsel or understanding.
The best wisdom ever stated can always be traced back to God words. People will often say some great things, but if it is truly great, it can also be found in the bible. If it does not show up in the bible, often there is a fault with it, it will fall short of good wisdom.
Without God, no one has the power to do anything, not even breath. God is the one who created and sustains everything that there is.
God gives counsel as to what is the best thing to do or how to react to a situation. The world gives ideas, but, again, often falls short of good counsel. The counsel of this world is selfish and short-term, whereas God’s is eternal and full of love for all, not just self.
Men try to understand why things happen, but only God fully knows the truth. Things happen that people just cannot fully understand because it is outside of the way they can think. God is above the understanding of man.
There will be times you will be seeking wisdom, power, counsel and understanding. Instead of running to the world and seeking faulty direction, run to God. Seek God first in everything and all these things will be given to you in its proper time.
God is there to direct all of your steps in the perfect way. Since He created you and everything in this universe, He knows what is best for you. Trust Him in everything that you need, it is His anyways.
I pray today that God will give you His wisdom; that God will give you His power, that God will give you His counsel; that God will give you His understanding; and that you will trust God in every area of your life.
“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?” Job 4:7
When something bad happens to a person, many believe that the person must have done something wrong. Often it is that he must have made a bad choice that brought on the bad situation in his life. According to the world, a person is in control of his whole life, bad things should never occur to a good person.
Once something happens bad to a person, many begin to question the why of what happened. They start searching for answers wanting to solve the problem. In this process the wrong answer is often believed.
Job had done nothing wrong and was notated as living an upright and innocent life, yet, he lost everything. One of his friends, Eliphaz, came by with some counsel on what had occurred. Part of his suggestion was that Job was guilty of some sin, because no one innocent or upright has ever been destroyed like this.
While Eliphaz’s thoughts seem logical, they fall short of understanding God’s ways. There have been many people who were innocent and upright who have perished. No, they did not perish for eternity, but they perished here on this earth. They were killed or became sick to the point of death or something else bad occurred.
Take a look at Jesus, perfect and holy, yet He suffered and died. In a sense He was destroyed. His body on this earth was killed. However, despite the killing, because He was perfect and holy, He rose again and was not destroyed eternally.
The believer in Jesus is also made holy and righteous before God through the power of Jesus. He may suffer and die here on this earth, but it is only a temporary death, he will be raised again to life.
As a believer, do not be quick to judge yourself or others for problems occurring in life. Allow God to examine you and point out any sins you may have that may have brought on the suffering, but also accept that it may not be caused by your sins.
God does allow suffering and pain in the lives of His children. Don’t give the false counsel of blaming personal sin for personal problems always. Sometimes it is God working in your life as He was in Job’s life.
You cannot always see behind the scenes as to what God is doing or why He allows something. However, you can trust Him fully.
I pray today that you will trust God’s work in your life; that God will reveal any sin in your life; that God will strengthen you during sufferings; and that God will make you more like Jesus.
But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 18:4
Seeking counsel is common around the world. There are thousands of self-help books to give counseling on how to do anything and everything. Along with the books, there are thousands of counselors out there to give guidance and direction to a person in his life, no matter what the situation is.
There people who give counsel in sports, marriages, school, business, communication, music, and anything else that is out there. Some are free to get their counsel, others cost money.
People are very quick to go to psychics to learn what they are to do next and what will help them. They will seek out friends to get counsel in how to deal with something. Online groups are abundant with people to help counsel each other through bad situations in life.
King Ahab, of Israel, had went to king Jehoshaphat of Judah to get his help in defeating an enemy. Jehoshaphat agreed, but wanted to seek God’s counsel on the situation first.
While it is not a bad thing to seek the counsel and wisdom of other people, they will often fall short in giving the best counsel possible. Many do not have a relationship with God, so they cannot give the perfect counsel of God. What they can give may be good or completely bad, but it is not perfect.
God has always been around. He created everything and sustains everything. He is perfection. With knowing that God can give the perfect counsel in any and every situation that a person may go through.
The first thing that every believer should do when faced with a situation is to seek God’s counsel in it. Find out what God has to say about the situation and how to deal with it.
You, as with any other person on this earth, will have situations in life that you must make a choice as to how to deal with it. Some of these situations will be daily, others will be once in a lifetime, but they are there. While seeking counsel from friends and other believers may bring some good, seek God’s wisdom and counsel first.
Take time to find out what God has to say about your situation. He is there and is waiting for you to ask of Him. God’s love for you is perfect and He will always give the perfect counsel. Find out what it is.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God’s wisdom and counsel daily; that you will act upon God’s word to you; and that you will allow God to guide your every decision in life.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him–the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD–and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:1-3
God had promised David that he would have a son on the throne of Israel forever. At the time of Isaiah, the nation had been split and was about to be destroyed. It did not look like there would be anyone to sit on that throne.
In this passage, Isaiah gives a prophecy about one, who was from the lineage of David (Jesse was David’s father), who would sit on the throne again. This one would have God’s Spirit resting on him, giving him wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, and knowledge of God. He would delight in fearing God–following and obeying God. The one to come was Jesus.
As Jesus walked on this earth, all of these things described Him very well. The people saw that He was one who delighted in God. Jesus became the root for those who would come after Him.
One of the things that Jesus said was that He was the vine and you are the branches. Jesus is the original branch, and you are to be like Him.
This means that everything that Jesus has, you can also have. You are attached to Him and are nourished by Him. When Jesus left the earth, He sent His Holy Spirit to be upon you, just as He was on Him.
Having God’s Holy Spirit on you gives you wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, and knowledge of God, just as it gave all those things to Jesus.
Do not rest your wisdom, understanding, counsel, power and knowledge on yourself, or in that of other people. Look to God’s Holy Spirit to guide you. God is with you and wants you to be just like Jesus. Jesus was the perfect example of how to live a life for God.
How are you living your life today?
Are you living it in the ways of this world, under your own power?
Or are you living and walking in the Spirit of God?
I pray today that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will trust in God’s counsel; that others will see God’s Spirit in your life; and that you will delight in serving and obeying God.