Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

Names of God – Wonderful Counselor

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Week Four – Day 1

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Isaiah 28:29 – This also comes from the Lord of hosts;
he is wonderful in counsel
and excellent in wisdom.

O – The Lord of Hosts gives the idea of God being in charge of the hosts of angels – a general of sorts.   He is the “one in charge!”   But – it is also that God is one who can give counsel, advice, a “battle plan.”  His wisdom is excellent, beyond reproach and ready to help us.  Matthew Henry’s Commentary gives further insight:  “Even the plainest dictate of sense and reason must be acknowledged to come forth from the Lord of hosts. And, if it is from him that men do things wisely and discreetly, we must needs acknowledge him to be wise in counsel and excellent in working. God’s working is according to his will; he never acts against his own mind, as men often do, and there is a counsel in his whole will: he is therefore excellent in working, because he is wonderful in counsel.”  (Matthew Henry Commentary – Biblegateway.com)

A – God’s wisdom is higher than ours; His ways are higher than ours as well.  I know that when I have had to make decisions, it is God’s wisdom that I need.  It never brings me to the place where I am confused – it makes the way plain.  I think of the verse that my dad always used with me when I faced decisions:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”  (Proverbs 3:5,6)  It IS true – to trust in Him, and not my own faulty understanding.  In ALL my ways to allow Him access and control.  HE directs my way.  I think back to the week of God being our shepherd.  I am like a sheep, as my own way wanders all over the place.  IF I allow Him direction, He “makes my path straight!”  As I look at Matthew Henry’s commentary again, God works according to His will – and He NEVER goes against His own will!  His workings are excellent – BECAUSE of his nature – He is wonderful in counsel!  OH, that I would allow Him to work in me!

P – Father God, You are the Wonderful Counselor.  You have all wisdom – wisdom that will make my paths straight.   Help me to give You access AND control to my heart, my soul, my mind, my life.  I need Your wisdom!  Thank You for Your character of never failing, and of Your nature of counsel and wisdom.  I give You control today.  Direct my paths.  Work in me.  May You receive the glory and honor.  Amen.

Immortal Invisible, God only Wise – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I_VwA4d44g

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