Burning Thought #2
Focus on Christ
But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings. Jeremiah 23:22
Can you imagine standing in God’s counseling room and having God as your personal counselor? He knows everything about you and your future. He has perfect recollection of your medical, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual past. This is the absolute best source for all your counseling needs! Wouldn’t you want this Person to be your Counselor?
Yet, in Jeremiah’s day, even the local pastors would not take the time needed to spend with God. They were not interested in having their minds enlightened by God. Instead they spoke from what others said or what they thought up on their own.
What does it mean to stand in God’s counsel? That means to compare what you are saying with what God’s Word says. God’s Word is the standard, not your best thinking. Too many today want their thinking to be their direction. They do not even know enough about the Word to understand the direction the Word gives for daily life. Many people do not see their life or family change because they did not take God’s Word for it.
But just imagine, if you focus on life with Christ, He enlightens your understanding with His Word! When you do not know what to do, He is not confused, He knows what you need! Turn to Christ every day. Stand in his counseling room–His Word–and He will enlighten you!
Focus on Self
The alternative to standing in Christ’s counseling room is to depend on your self! Think about it. Self is limited in knowledge, wisdom, memories of the past, and for sure has no idea of the future. Is this where you turn for counsel? If so, you probably worry all the time. Worry comes when you do not have all the information and you know you do not. Self is where many turn for help, but it does not mean it is the best counsel.
*Taken from My Word is Like a Fire by Alison Veazey and Kerry L. Skinner, p. 48, ©2019 All Rights Reserved