The LORD Is Wonderful in Counsel


“This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.” (Isaiah 28:29)

Isaiah 28 shows how even the jobs that seem most simple and natural are guided by God. The knowledge and strength and timing for a farmer’s sowing and reaping all come from God. He created seeds and sunlight and water. He invented the process for growing things out of the ground. God is omniscient (om-NISH-int), which means He is all-wise. He knows everything, from beginning to ending.

In the book of Exodus, when Moses explains how God helped the Israelites build the tabernacle, he writes that God gave the craftsmen the wisdom and skill they needed – they were aided by the “spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.” Only Someone omniscient could do that!

And in 1 Kings 4, the Bible tells us that “God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore” (1 Kings 4:29). “And all the earth sought Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart” (1 Kings 10:24). Any God Who could give that kind of wisdom to a human king must be infinitely wiser than any human!

The book of Job preaches truth to us in these words – “God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom” (Job 36:5). And when Daniel is able to give God’s interpretation of his king’s dream, he gives God the glory for helping him: “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his” (Daniel 2:20).

Do you need counsel (advice or help)? There is no better counselor than God. He knows what He is doing in the world and in your life. He knows what you are doing and what you will do. He knows everything. James 1:5 is an invitation to anyone who wants to have the kind of wisdom only God can give – “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

We can always count on God’s all-wise counsel.

My Response:
» Do I lean on my own understanding, or do I trust in the LORD with all my heart?
» What are some things in my life that would be good reasons to ask for counsel from God?