Our Lord has given us His counsel and wisdom through His Holy Word. We can’t enjoy these benefits of salvation if we don’t pay attention to the Bible and obey it.
O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. (Isa 25:1, emphasis added)
So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels. 13 “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! (Ps 81:12-13)
So that your trust may be in the Lord; I have instructed you today, even you. 20 Have I not written to you excellent things, of counsels and knowledge, 21 that I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, that you may answer words of truth to those who send to you? (Pro 22:19-21, underscoring added)
It’s a dangerous thing when man is permitted to walk in his own counsels, according to Psalm 81:12-13, above. Counsels means advice, guidance, assistance, direction or warning.
God’s counsels are blessings in our lives, and we need to recognize this truth. We need to hunger and thirst for His counsels.
The Bible says that God’s counsels are faithfulness and truth. (Isa 25:1) What beautiful and blessed encouragements that the Lord, our God, bestows upon His people!
Faithfulness means truthfulness, reliability, loyalty, and commitment. Truth means reality, integrity, and honesty. What precious blessings these qualities are to all believers who pursue them and desire them!
Only as we obey the Word and fill our hearts with passages from the Bible will we come to know and understand the counsels of God. As we memorize and meditate upon the Word of God, our faith will be strengthened and we will grow in wisdom. We will become qualified to answer with words of truth when people question us about our faith, or about the Bible.
As we honor and obey God’s word, by diligent search and study of God’s Word, we will sow God’s precious counsels into our own lives and hearts. And the longer we walk with and serve the Lord, the more evidence we will see of this taking place in our lives. And we will grow in wisdom, mercy, and understanding. God bless you!