January 25th 2021

2 Kings 13:14-23, 14: 1-14, 2 Chronicles 25:1-24, 2 Kings 13:12-13

Out on the trails, who are you gonna call?  You are all alone.  No one in sight.  Or switch from the trail metaphor, and you are alone in your room, isolated from the rest of the world, with no family to call or neighbors in sight?  Who are you going to call?  

How about smart counsel, who do you go to when the answer is not clear cut? Or you are being conquered by yet another bout of pain and anguish? Who can you ask for help?  The Kings in the OT, were constantly asking for help, from astute counsel from prophets of the Lord.  But today, prophets do not live among us.  We can’t search in the yellow pages or type in the google search engine, 1-800-PROPHET.     

The wars that the OT kings were undergoing in these bible stories are not unlike the battles we undergo today.  Their battles were with actual warriors.  Our battles may be with chronic back pain, repeated abuse by a family member,  or an addiction.   In 2 Kings 13:14, our king is weeping with his counselor. He sees the warriors coming toward him in battle.  The counselor, Elisha, reaches out and holds his hand.  He gives the king proper counsel, how to defeat his enemy, defeat them for good.  But the king doesn’t listen.  He only sees the easy conquest, not the long trail to take to ensure victory.  How often do we do the same in our own lives?  Take the easy road, the easy conquest?  

Take a closer look at the scriptures for this devotion, examples of Godly counsel. Specifically,  look closer at 2 Chronicles 25: 7 -10 and 14 – 17.  There are some great lines from these verses.  I have to repeat some of them for illustration, and maybe a little chuckle.  “God has the power to help you or to trip you up.” (8) Why do you turn to gods who could not even save their own people from you?” (15) and “Since when have I made you the king’s counselor?  Be quiet now before I have you killed!” (16)  But my favorite of all is “ The Lord is able to give you much more than this.” (9) Amen, sister.  He is able to give us so much more than this.  

But who are we to call today?  Our sweet Jesus, after He died and rose again, gave us a miraculous gift.  He gave us our own personal counselor.  He gave us “the” wonderful counselor,  the Holy Spirit.  Our counselor hears us weep.  He will hold our hands. And He ALWAYS gives us perfect counsel.  

Bow with me in prayer.  Dear sweet, Jesus, I am so grateful for this gift that you have given me.  When I need to call out for help, and no one seems to be there, I know that you are always there.  Your precious Holy Spirit is there to guide me, correct me, help me to stand up to my own enemies, and hold my hand.  Thank you, Jesus. Amen.