July 8, 2016

Seeking His Counsel First: Part 1

“First seek the counsel of the Lord.”  2 Chronicles 18:4b (NIV)

The stories of the Old Testament provide awesome object lessons for us today.  Here’s one you will want to read in 2 Chronicles 18.  It’s about a King named Jehoshaphat.  There’s a name for you.  He was the son of another king named Asa.  Asa was a good king; but, in his older years, he drifted from the Lord.  How tragic to grow older but not wiser!  Asa became inflicted with a disease and, for whatever reason,

“Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the Lord ….” 2 Chron. 16:12 (NIV)

As a result, he died.  His son, Jehoshaphat, would say later, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.”  In fact, the next chapter says that Jehoshaphat “set (his) heart on seeking God.” (19:3)

Do you set your heart on seeking God?  Whether your decisions are life-threatening or seem incidental, do you first seek the counsel of God?  This is a spiritual exercise that will build your faith muscles and teach you to lean on God and not on your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5-6 say,

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on our own understanding; in ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, and He WILL direct your path.”

When I lean on my own understanding, I fall down most of the time.  You can trust that God is directing your paths when you acknowledge Him in all your ways.  Begin your day by seeking God’s counsel in all your decisions – personal, financial, business, health, marriage, and family.  Often, you will find God’s counsel spelled out in His Word.  As with any treasure, you will have to dig for it.  Ask Him to guide you to the truth.  If His Word is clear, obey it.  You have the answer!  Thank Him for directing your path! As with Jehoshaphat, it may just save your life!  We’ll examine that more on Monday!

“Thank You God for Your wise counsel.  What a treasure Your word is to me!  It is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.  Help me to seek You first in all my decisions today.  Give me the courage to obey the truth and walk by faith despite how I may feel.”