2 Kings 1:3 Whose Counsel Do You Seek?

But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ ” 2 Kings 1:3

Everyday millions of people around the world are seeking counsel on how to deal with situations in their lives. Many will begin with seeking out friends and family members first, but then will go to professional counselors. Then many will also seek some type of spiritual counselor.

Ahaziah had become king after Ahab and Moab rebelled against Israel. Ahaziah sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub for help. God has Elijah ask him if there is no God in Israel to get him to go to Baal-Zebub for counsel.

With a simple search people can find counsel on any and every situation in their lives. The majority of the counsel that can be found is found outside of God with a worldly viewpoint. People, including believers, are very quick to find counsel from the world.

While it is expected of the world to seek their own counsel, believers should be seeking God’s counsel. Many believers do not seek God’s counsel because they know that it will probably go against what they really want, which is to be able to live in sin and get by with it.

Regardless of what the problem is or how big or small it is, the first place a believer should go to seek counsel is to God. It is only God who has perfect wisdom and sees the end from the beginning. He knows what is best to think, say and do in any and every situation, and He is ready and willing to give that counsel, and is available all twenty-four hours a day.

You most likely have situations in your life in which you need some guidance as to how to deal with it. Do not allow yourself to run to the world to seek their fallen and deceived counsel.

Begin with opening your Bible and reading and studying it to understand God’s ways better. Then take time to pray and seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in what you should or should not do.

If God was willing to send His Son to die for you, He is more than willing to guide you in how to live this life He has given you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will first seek God for any needed counsel; that you will listen and heed to the counsel of God; that you will trust God’s word to you; and that you will live your life serving and obeying God.

1 Kings 22:5 First Seek God’s Counsel

But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.” 1 Kings 22:5

Choices are required to be made on a regular basis. There are often pros and cons to which way a person makes a choice in many situations. Deciding which way to choose can sometimes be very difficult. During times of a difficult decision-making process, many will seek out advice from some other person or source.

Corporations and businesses will often have full boards to help make the right choice. Individuals will seek friends and online sources to make that choice.

King Ahab and King Jehoshaphat were trying to decide whether to fight against the king of Aram. Jehoshaphat was willing to help but wanted to seek the counsel of God first.

Most people will seek the counsel of friends and other sources to make major decisions in their lives. Resources are abundant on any decision that must be made. Many of these resources may have good points about them, but none of them have the complete big overall picture of the situation. All that is seen is on the surface.

Believers have the opportunity to seek God in making any decision in life. God is ready and willing to impart His wisdom into any situation.

However, just like the world, many believers do not seek God’s counsel first. They often run to the things of this world and in their own personal wisdom. In this process, many disastrous decisions are made. They may look good on the surface and in the immediate moment, but in the end only bring about greater problems.

When faced with a decision, the first thing a believer must do is seek God’s wisdom. Finding out what God would choose and doing it will always lead to success in the end.

You will often have some major and minor decisions to make. As you approach making a choice in those decisions, first go to God to seek His wisdom and counsel in the situation.

The counsel of the world will always point you in the wrong direction, into selfishness and greed that will end in death, not necessarily physical death, but death to character, integrity, and other Godly characteristics.

Allow God to be the first one you run to for wisdom and direction. He will never lead you down the wrong path in any decision that needs to be made.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God’s wisdom in any choice to be made; that God will reveal His will for your life; and that you will see God’s hand of favor in following His counsel.

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.