I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you (Psalm 32:8).
In these days the importance of counseling for life is growing more and more. A lawyer counsels when any couple come to him seeking divorce, a doctor counsels the patient when he/she wants to get rid of bad habits. A Pastor counsels young people when they are ready to get united in marriage. Everywhere in the world people are going to one or other for counseling. Bible says as the followers of Christ, we also need to get counsel from God. Whatever we plan we need the counsel of God, otherwise the plans may get failed (Proverbs 15:22). When Jesus was introducing the Holy Spirit to His disciples, He called it by the name Counselor (John 14:16). We need to take the right counsel, there may be counselors who are not from God, we should be aware of these counselors as well. The Spirit that makes our plans successful is the Right Counselor. This is God’s promise that He will instruct us and teach us the ways that we should go, He counsels us and He will watch over us when we follow the Counsel of God.
There are few situations in the Bible where we see the enemy also sending some people to destroy the work that we are doing for God, Bible warns us about these people. When we read the book of Ezra, we see these things. When the people of Judah were rebuilding the temple of the LORD, the enemies of Judah came to them saying they will also help the people in building the temple, and then Zerubbabel and Jerusha rejected their help in building the temple for they have no part in the work of God. They went out and hired counselors to work against the people of Judah and frustrate their plans in building the temple of the LORD (Ezra 4: 1-5). Here we see this is the plan of enemy to destroy the work of building the temple. Likewise we may see this kind of people in our life who come like counselors, but in fact they are not. We should not go by looks, but we should move with the help of the Spirit of God.
Bible warns us even the Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light, and the servants of Satan as servants of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). We must be careful while seeking the counsel from someone for doing anything. When the king of Israel asked Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah to join him in the battle, Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel “First seek the counsel of the LORD” (1 Kings 22:5). However the king gathered hundreds of men for counsel, Jehoshaphat was looking for the Prophet of the LORD for counsel (1 Kings 22:7). Let us all come to God by seeking His counsel to do anything in our life. Whatever our position is, let us not to be hesitated from seeking the counsel of God. King Solomon asked God for the wisdom that counsels him to rule the people of God. When we seek His counsel, surely He will lead us towards the destiny He has prepared for us.GOD BLESS YOU