Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 16:1-18:27 / 1 Corinthians 15:1-34 / Psalm 102:1-11
When people need direction in their lives, they seek a person who is knowledgeable or an expert in that particular field. Financial planners are consulted when someone is considering investments or retirement. For legal matters, an attorney; for medical needs, a doctor; for clogged sewer lines, a plumber!
Knowledge is easily available in this instant information world of Google and Yahoo. Certainly, Internet information is not all accurate but it does give people a sense of confidence and hope. What did people do before modern technology? The walked in patience, lived by trial and error, and sought the best advice they could find.
Some decisions in life are insignificant, but others have great impact on our lives. Israelite King Ahab was about to face a formidable enemy and asked Judah’s King Jehoshaphat to join him in battle. Jehoshaphat agreed but also said, “First seek the counsel of the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 18:4)
Jehoshaphat understood the importance of seeking God but Ahab sought counsel from the 400 prophets of Baal. Ahab deliberately did this to avoid the Godly prophet Micaiah who repeatedly confronted Ahab of his ungodliness. Sadly, some today are closed minded to godly counsel because of the conviction it brings.
This process did not sit well with Jehoshaphat and he asked, “Is there not a prophet of the Lord here whom we can inquire of?” (vs.6) This question is just as appropriate today as it was back then. How we need to seek the direction and counsel of God. He still speaks through men and women today. God has also given us His divine Word as a directive for our lives.
The counsel and insight of the world can be helpful…especially a good plumber but there is a greater help for our lives. Direction, clarity and counsel at times are just a verse or prayer away. God has given us His Word and Spirit as a sure and solid foundation. Need answers or help…God is available and He always responds to knee mail!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!