You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, “No one sees me.” Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you… All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame… Each of them goes on in his error; there is not one that can save you.” Is 47:10,13-15
Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Who is my counsel?” Where do you turn when things are not going the way you would like to see them go? From whom do you seek guidance?
As a teenager, I knew better than my father and mother. I knew so much better than my teachers. I certainly had it together ahead of my boss. The result? Aimless wandering. I built a reputation for quitting jobs and rejecting instruction. Hopelessly, I messed up my finances and turned to drugs and alcohol. If I could party and laugh a bit, then life must be ok. But the party ended.
Wow! So now what? Where else do I turn?
This morning, consider this idea that the counselors this world has to offer actually offer broken 1/2 truths that appear to have wisdom and yet have no strength to save us from ourselves. Happiness? It’s not what it’s cracked up to be. You can chase happiness, and it is 99% dependent upon external sources. When those externals go away, then we turn to others. Unfortunately, when their newness wears out, we start the cycle over with new relationships, new careers, new houses, new friends, etc. We get bored. Eventually, we burn out and don’t know where to turn.
This morning, I offer you a different solution to solve your pain. This may sound cliche, but what if you actually turned to and trust the Lord? I know it sounds totally cliche. The reality is that if you believe in God, then trusting Him is not a passive activity, but it is quite active.
The Lord actually warned Israel for turning to themselves and their worldly advisers. Why do we continue to do the same?
I ask you this morning. Who is Your Counsel? Who instructs you in the steps you should take?
Be careful of wolves in sheep’s clothing. They come to you offering all kinds of godless advice that has the appearance of godliness. Unfortunately, the advice comes without any scripture and with too much opinion. Satan offered advice to Jesus in the desert (Mt 4). Jesus knew the scriptures well enough to recognize that Satan was leading him astray. If you don’t know the scriptures, slick salesmen will lead you astray offering you all kinds of advice that is not in alignment with the Word of God.
Seek Counsel from the Lord every day so that when you seek counsel from men, you will not be mislead.