Isaiah 1:19 – If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.
Have you ever had a time when you needed counsel? We all have. On some occasions, we just moved forward without it, maybe on “gut instinct.” There were perhaps times when we needed counsel, but what we sought was encouragement to go ahead with what we were thinking. We were looking for a “yes-man.” And then there were times when we truly sought counsel, opening our hearts and minds to receive the best advisory counsel we could get. But even then, we have likely gone to sources that really weren’t the best. In all these scenarios, there is a price to pay for counsel. Regardless of what we think or say, counsel is NEVER free. There is ALWAYS a cost to be paid. Of course, the best counsel, right (righteous) counsel, Godly counsel, while there is a price to pay, always gives a return-on-investment (ROI) that is well worth the cost.
I have discovered in my nearly 73 years of living that I am NEVER without the need of counsel. Prayerfully, I have learned who the source of that counsel always needs to be, and likewise who the channels are through whom such counsel will come. The source of all the counsel I receive is always the Lord. Whether it comes as a direct word from the Lord by His Spirit, a revealing word of truth from the Scriptures, or a fresh word from the Lord given through a trusted voice of an ambassador of Christ, my source is ALWAYS the Lord. However, the channel through which that source is revealed can be greatly varied. There are dreams, visions, revelations, prophecies, words of wisdom, words of knowledge, conversations, sought counsel with trusted people, or even through nature itself. I have reaped precious counsel as I have walked through my garden, driven silently down a road, sat quietly at an old fishing hole, or sat alone in my office playing my guitar. But when I know it is the heart of Father, the mind of Christ, the leading of Holy Ghost, I have made the commitment in my life to move forward with it, in willful obedience.
From that decision I have learned many things, but as it relates to this series of Second Milers, one stands out. Willful obedience to the Lord is ALWAYS profitable; profitable in every arena of life. While there are what I believe to be seven arenas of human life (spirit, soul, body, domestic, financial, professional, and social), they are all interconnected, and can never be truly separated. When you prosper in one of those arenas, you ultimately prosper in them all. And be sure, willful obedience to the counsel of God is the most profitable action one can ever take.
Manna for Today – Isaiah 1; 3 John 2; Exodus 13:18; Exodus 15:13-18; Isaiah 48:21-22; Romans 8:14; Isaiah 55:11-13; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 4:8; 1 Peter 1:7