As a child, where did you go for answers? As a teenager, who was your "go-to" person? In your ministry or career, do you have a mentor who helps you find the answers you seek?
When Moses didn't know what to do with the Israelites in the wilderness, his father-in-law, Jethro, told him how to organize the people into a functioning nation (Exodus 18).
When David became king of Israel in I Chronicles 12:32, he sought out the sons of Issachar, "which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do;"
In 2 Chronicles 10, King Rehoboam wrecked his nation by listening to the wrong advisors.
In the early church, the apostle Paul sent men like Titus and Timothy to advise and mentor struggling young churches.
In Proverbs 15:22, Solomon repeatedly wrote about the importance of seeking good counsel, saying, "Without counsel, purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established."
That's true for each of us. When we don't know the answers, we seek those who can help us. We often use the Internet to find answers, but how wonderful to lean on and learn from a wise man or woman! Even better – we can engage the wisest person in the universe as our counselor. Because, according to the Bible, the entire Trinity is available to counsel us day and night!
God the Father is a counselor. Job said in Job 12:13, "He hath counsel and understanding." The psalmist said in Psalm 16:7, "I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel …” and in Psalm 33:11 we read, “The counsel of the LORD stands forever." God the Son is a counselor. Isaiah 9:6 says, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,…" God the Spirit is a counselor, for Jesus told His disciples in the Upper Room, "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; " (John 14:16).
Moreover, our Triune Counseler is omniscient. He may not always disclose the answers to us, but we can rest assured He has the answers, knows the solutions, resolves the difficulties, keeps His promises, and His grace is always sufficient. When you don't understand why pain happens, He does. Though you can't explain why people suffer, He can. When you don't know what's next, He knows the way. There's freedom in saying, "I don't know, but He does!" There's something liberating about that. It's like a child trusting his dad in a time of fear, or a daughter trusting her mother to make the best decision amid uncertainty. One day we'll know just as we are also known (1 Corinthians 13:12); but until then, our primary duty in Philippians 3:10 is to "know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death."
The Lord knows the way of the righteous (Psalm 1:6). The Lord knows the days of the upright (Psalm 37:18). The Lord knows the thoughts of man (Psalm 94:11. The Lord knows those who fear Him (2 Timothy 2:19). The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations (2 Peter 2:9). God knows our hearts (Luke 16:15).
Let me close in saying “It's not what we know but Who we know; and Who we know is Jesus – our omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Savior and Lord. In times of uncertainty, we can trust Him who works all things for good and whose grace is sufficient on every occasion.” That's why our wisest words may often be: "I don't know – but I know Who does! I'm not sure; but I am sure – I'm sure of Him.”
May God's blessing be upon you this week as you read and meditate on the message from Psalm 23:5 "In the Presence of My Enemies." To easily access the Weekly SERMON message go to and click on the http:// link at the bottom of this page.
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