This also comes from the Lord of hosts; He is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom. (Isa 28:29 ESV)
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 NKJV)
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isa 9:6)
The Lord has declared Himself, through His Word, to be our Counselor. A counselor is one who gives advice, guidance, and direction. A wise counselor also gives warning when they feel it is appropriate.
God, who our Savior as well as our Counselor, gives us:
- A listening ear,
- Help, and
We receive many of these blessings through our church family in the person(s) of our Pastor, our elders, and our wise friends. This is a matchless and precious gift to each one of us. What a blessing are our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Rely upon the Lord and His Word for the best counsel that exists anywhere in creation or in the universe!
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. (12) Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise rebuke to an obedient ear. (Pro 25:11-12)
A word fitly spoken implies words of wise counsel given just in the nick of time, even as events unfold. Comparing this word of wise guidance to golden apples set in a woven, silver basket is designed to help us to realize just how valuable and desirable this advice is to the person who receives it. Unless we value and use such guidance, which is sent to us by God through another human being, it cannot help us!
Along similar lines, verse 12 of Proverbs 25 wants us to open our eyes to this truth: those who want to KNOW and DO rightly are the people who most highly cherish good counsel. For a listening ear [listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit] surpasses one hung with gold!
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. (Pro 9:9)
The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise. (Pro 15:31)
It’s spiritually healthy for us to remember that all children receive instruction and rebuke from a loving parent. The Lord will send us wisdom, instruction, and correction through other people. This message from the Lord can turn our lives around; help us to make mid-course corrections, and help us to avoid shipwreck in the future.
The moral of this article is that all of us who believe in Jesus Christ need to have an obedient and receptive ear, and to be willing to receive correction.