2 Chronicles 18:4 Seeking Counsel

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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. 

2 Chronicles 17:6 Devoted Heart

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His heart was devoted to the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places and the Asherah poles from Judah. 2 Chronicles 17:6 

Being devoted to something or someone is being committed to whatever is being devoted to no matter what happens. It is being sold out in mind, body and soul.

People find some things that they get devoted to for a time. When younger, people often devote themselves to following some person. This can be an actor, actress, singer, band, sports person, musician or someone else. It is common to see people devote themselves as boyfriend/girlfriend with a friend while in school or college.

The majority of these devotions are short termed. They only last for a few years, at best, then the devotion changes to someone else. The world sees their devotion as good until something comes along that is better. Along with the short-term devotion, these things are all temporary.

Jehoshaphat had become king of Judah and was devoted to God. His heart was devoted to the ways of God and doing what was right in God’s eyes, removing idols from the land. He led the people back to God, to love, serve and worship God, alone.

Since the time of Jehoshaphat, nothing has changed. There is only one that remains permanent for all eternity–God. Jesus made it possible for people to have a relationship with God, through His death upon the cross.

Jesus was devoted to the Father and to each person to bring salvation. Every believer should have his first devotion focused upon God. God gave life and made the relationship possible, so He, alone, deserves all the devotion of one’s heart and life. Believers need to focus everything that they say and do upon God and His ways, not the ways of this world.

You have a choice to make also. Who or what will you be devoted to? You cannot be devoted to more than one thing. Either you are devoted and serving God or you are serving self and this world.

Take a moment and find out where your heart is at. What makes your heart beat? What gives you life?

The things of this world will only give an illusion of life and in the end will bring death.

God gave and will continue to bring life for eternity. Set your whole heart to be fully devoted to God and His kingdom. That relationship will last forever.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your heart will be devoted to God; that you will live your life in service to God and His kingdom; and that God will do great things in and through you.

2 Chronicles 19:9 How To Serve

He gave them these orders: “You must serve faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 19:9

As king, Jehoshaphat appointed various men to be judges in different parts of the nation. He also appointed the Levite priests to administer the law of God among the people. They were to work at settling disputes brought to them by the people. One of the orders he gave them was to serve faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of God. As they served they were to do it knowing God is watching them.

In ever workplace there are some people who choose to try and cut as many corners as possible in their work. When the boss is around, they will tend to work a little harder than when the boss is absent.

When no one is watching, it becomes very easy for a person to slack off on the work, or to cheat the system. It is then, that many people start taking money or things from the workplace, or cheating others out on what is rightfully theirs to make a personal gain. Others that are in leadership positions, will work the workers at an unnecessary level, just because of their position.

This can happen in the church as well. A person may lead a Sunday school class, but not really study for the lesson or put his heart into it. Others may use their position to shame another into doing something for the church.

Paul had said that whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord. Everything that you do is to be done faithfully and with your whole heart as if you were doing it directly for God.

Do not do things like the world does, unfaithful and as though God was not in control. Put your heart into your work, knowing that God is watching you at all times. He sees everything that you do and do not do. Everything that you have and can do is because God has given you it or given you the ability to do it.

Now serve faithfully and wholeheartedly for Him.

I pray today that you will know what God has given you to do; that you will work as though working for God; that you will serve faithfully in every area of your life; and that you will put God first in every area of your life.

1 Kings 22:14 Speaking Only What God Says

But Micaiah said, “As surely as the LORD lives, I can tell him only what the LORD tells me.” 1 Kings 22:14

Jehoshaphat, king of Israel, was at war with the king of Aram. He had lost one of the cities to Aram and wanted to get it back. He sent for the prophet Micaiah to hear what he would say. All the other prophets had been prophesying success for the king and wanted Micaiah to say the same. Micaiah told him that he can only speak what God tells him to say.

People have their opinions about everything that is going on. All over the social media people talk about what they think about wars, robberies, deaths, killings, the economy, politics, and more. Television shows have various speakers discussing what they feel about everything. Sports fans always watch the games and have their opinions on how the play should have been called or actually played.

Opinions are not limited to the views of things in this world, but also in the church. Many believers also have their opinions on what God’s word says, some of which take into account all of Scripture, while others only a few verses.

Micaiah was willing to give a statement about the situation, but it was going to be only what God’s statement would be. He said the same things as Jesus would have said. Jesus said that He only said and did what the Father told Him to say and do.

As a believer you must also say only what God is saying. Sometimes that word is not a positive word. God may be saying to stop something or it will become a very bad situation. Other times God may speak positively in favor of something.

God always speaks out negatively about sin in a person’s life, and positively about living for Him and building people up in Jesus.

What are your opinions in this life?

What are the words you are saying?

Are the words your own words?

Or are they the words of God that He has given you to say?

I pray today that God will give you the words to speak; that God will reveal His thoughts to  you; that you will only speak God’s truth in love at all times; and that God will use you to reach the world.