James 5:1 (KJV) Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Where Do You Go For Counsel?

"Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory." Psalm 73:24

I would venture to say there has never been a time in the history of mankind filled with more counseling needs and services. The instant children enter school (if not before), the counseling begins ... and along with it, the drugs. This has been one of the primary agendas of the government educational system for the past 30 or more years. It is for the purpose of moulding and socially engineering the children for the purposes of the state. And it is not good for them.

As the children move into the 'adult' world they have learned that they cannot function as expected without the help of additional counselors: investment counselors, guidance counselors, psychological counselors, marriage counselors, and many more. They are not able to function on their own steam.

I remember when I worked at the university. It was time for Christmas vacation, and the students were all preparing to go home. One girl sat on her bed and cried, because she didn't know how to pack her suitcase. Of course, there was a counselor immediately available. This was 20 years ago. Imagine how bad it has become since then.

I've never been to a counselor in my entire life. Fortunately, my parents were the wisest people I knew, and if I needed advice the best counsel came from them. Not everyone is so fortunate.

However, there are times in every one's life when it seems impossible to make decisions, and there are times when occasional advice is needed for objectivity, for another point of view. Where should a Christian go?

Not to a non-Christian counselor. "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly" (Psalm 1:1). A Christian will not find good counsel from anyone who does not have the wisdom of God to offer.

Wisdom comes only from the Lord: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments..." Psalm 111:10.

The best counselor is Christ; he is the "Wonderful, Counselor" (Isaiah 9:6). Indwelling us is His Holy Spirit who "will guide us into all truth" (John 16:13). We also have His Word, the Bible..."making wise the simple....enlightening the eyes" (Psalm 19:7-8). So, we have ample access to the wisest counselor in the entire cosmos - the Creator Himself.

Any person we seek an opinion, or counsel, from doesn't need a label or name tag. It should be the most mature Christian that you know, a person of prayer and a person steeped in God's Word. If we are unsure about anything at all, and can't seem to be certain of the answer, the Lord will speak to us through a wise and obedient Christian.

Royal Heir