Godly counsel

By Dave Henning / May 21, 2015

Today Charles Stanley concludes his presentation of four ways to seek God’s guidance, know Him better, and become who He created us to be.

3.  Through circumstances.  Dr. Stanley exhorts us to keep this important principle foremost in our hearts: “The Lord is with each one of His children every single moment of the day.”  God doesn’t just show up in emergencies.  He is guiding the circumstances of our lives every second of the day.  The Father employs every event of our life for our benefit.

Life circumstances are of extreme importance.  If we are intentional in paying close attention to what the Father is doing through those circumstances, we will learn a great deal about His will for our life.

4.  Through godly counsel.  Dr. Stanley draws an important distinction here.  He is not describing someone who simply will give us advice or will tell us what they would do in our situation.  Dr. Stanley is referring to someone clearly submitted to the Father- a Christian with a clear understanding of how to listen to God and who cultivates a strong relationship with Him.

A godly counselor guides us to the truth, even if that truth is uncomfortable or painful.  We need godly counsel to guide us in understanding the Lord’s will on our own, not someone to take over and direct us.  As Dr. Stanley concludes, the question isn’t, “What do you think I ought to do?”  The question is, “What does God’s Word say about my situation?”

Today’s question: Who can provide godly counsel as you revision and revitalize your vocation?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “God-given aspirations”

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