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"The plans God makes are wise, and they always succeed." - English Standard Version

"...Do we need counsel on any special matter? Let us take it to Him, and He will show us the wisest and best course." 

"Wonderful Counselor: against Whose deep providence no plots can contend, and conspiracies of short-sighted craft will be in vain."
- both of the above quotes are from the Pulpit Commentary - Old Testament

Everyone needs counsel. In fact, the Bible seems to imply that everyone will seek counsel at one time or another. If they do not have it, they will suffer terrible consequences. Proverbs 11:14 confirms this fact by saying - "Where no counsel is, the people fall..." And Proverbs 15:22 adds - "Without counsel purposes are disappointed..."

As we study the Scriptures, we discover that much is said about receiving or ignoring counsel. Ezekiel 11:12 tells us how the children of Israel did not listen to the counsel of the Lord but  followed the counsel of the heathen - "And ye shall know that I am the LORD: for ye have not walked in My statutes, neither executed My judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you." In 2 Chronicles 25:16-17, we find that King Amaziah did not hearken unto the counsel of the prophet sent unto him by the angel of the LORD. In 2 Chronicles 32:3, on the other hand, we read about King Hezekiah receiving counsel to stop the waters of the fountains without the city.

We find in our study the favorable consequences of following godly counsel as well as the adverse consequences of following after evil counsel. In Isaiah 1:26, we learn that the restoration of godly counselors brings revival to the land - "...thou shalt be called, the city of righteousness, the faithful city." Proverbs 11:14 tells us that godly counsel brings - "safety." And Proverbs 15:22 informs us that godly counsel brings establishment or stability - establishes purposes.  

Ezra 4:4-5, on the other hand, informs us that counsel not sent from God frustrates purposes, weakens the hands of the people, and troubles them in building their life's dreams. 

We see that counsel can change from good to bad. In Isaiah 19:11, we discover that the "wise counselors of Pharaoh" became "brutish." In 2 Samuel 17:7, we gather from the words of Hushai that the counsel of Ahithophel turned from good to bad - "And Hushai said unto Absalom, The counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time."

Throughout the Bible, we find wise and evil counselors. 2 Samuel 16:23 portrays Ahithophel's counsel as being very wise - "And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counseled in those days, was as if a man had inquired at the oracle of God: so was also the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom." In 1 Kings 1:12, we read of Nathan the Prophet's counsel which served to save Bathsheba's and Solomon's lives. 1 Chronicles 26:14 lists Zechariah, the son of Shelemiah, as a "wise counselor." And in Exodus 18:19, we see Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, offering him godly counsel concerning the governing of the people of Israel.

In 1 Kings 12:8, we find the ungodly counsel of the young men to King Rehoboam to be in total opposition to that of the older men. And in 2 Chronicles 22:3, we read about Athaliah, King Azariah's mother, who counseled him "to do wickedly."   

In Isaiah 7:5, we read about how Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah had taken evil counsel against King Ahaz. And then in Jeremiah 49:30, we find that Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, had taken counsel against the inhabitants of Hazor.

Finally, in Job 3:14, we find that the position of "counselor" was placed on the same level as the king - "With kings and counselors of the earth..." Ezra 7:28 mentions - "before the king, and his counselors..."

According to the Bible, being a Counselor was a prominent position to hold. However, one thing that we can see from this study is that the counsel of man is very fickle and at times can be evil or ungodly. It can produce serious evil consequences in our lives as a result.

There is only One Whose counsel is stable, settled, fixed, and established. His purposes, designs, and will stand. They can never be frustrated. They are eternal;.

Isaiah 46:10 says of God Almighty - "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure."

In Proverbs 8:14, the Lord Jesus, as the Word and Wisdom of God, stated - "Counsel is Mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength." In other words, all substantial, solid, and useful wisdom stems from Him. He gives direction on how to act in all circumstances and on all occasions. He directs on how to act in various changes and chance of life. He is the Only One Who has unerring wisdom to impart to us respecting the chief good of life, the secret of true success, and the way to reach our goals and secure our rewards.

Job 12:13 confirms this fact when it says - "With Him is wisdom and strength, He hath counsel and understanding." In essence, what this means is that all the powers of Hell and earth cannot control,  disannul, correct, or countermine it. He and He alone has "counsel. And His "counsel" stands.

The Prophet Isaiah called Him the "Wonderful Counselor"(Isaiah 9:6). This title denotes that He is One of an honorable rank...suited to stand near princes and kings as their advisor...and of outstanding quality to direct and guide the human race. He is the Angel of the Mighty Counsel...the Angel of Great Counsel...and the God of Wonderful Counsel. The Prophet went on to describe Him as being - "wonderful in counsel"(Isaiah 28:29). His counsel is always wise and good and for the best.

The Pulpit Commentary of the Old Testament made this statement on this portion of Scripture from Isaiah - "None will ever seek His counsel in vain, much less repent of following it."

Almost on a daily basis, you will need counsel. The question is - where will you go to find it?

You can run to man and get good counsel. But, know this, that that same individual can then offer you counsel again at a later time that can cause you serious consequences. 

People change, and so does the counsel of man.

Just remember - "None will ever seek His counsel in vain, much less repent of following it."

Who's Got Your Ear?

May God Bless His Word.