Friday, July 13, 2012

The Counselor

"Who has understood the mind of the Lord,
or instructed him as his counselor?"
Isaiah 40:13

I know some brilliant people, but God is an entirely different league.
Think about it.
God was the one who worked out the math on the circumference of the earth.
It was God who penned the best-selling book of all time.
Who built the periodic table of elements? That's right, God Almighty.
There's not a subject he can't handle, so why do we act as if he needs our counsel?

Peter played the fool.
Jesus made his intentions known, unveiling the plan that the Messiah would be the Suffering Servant.  While Jesus' words were still hanging in the air, Peter pulled him aside to rebuke him.  Jesus looked at the other disciples, then gave Peter the tongue-lashing of his life: "Get behind me, Satan.  You have in mind the things of man, not the things of God." (Mark 8)

Our minds are home to a host of selfish thoughts and wicked intentions.  The mind of God is altogether holy.  Offering Him advice, working with the broken-down processor I've got at my disposal... that's crazy.  The only sane thing we can do is choose to honor Him as Lord and Master.  From Heaven, He can see it all.  We should be honored and overjoyed that He has offered to serve as our Counselor... and we should listen.

The really cool thing is that something changes in us as we listen, the renewing of our mind.  And while we never grow so wise to play counselor to The Counselor, we do learn to think like Him.  May God teach us to listen so that He might grow in all of us at Broadway a beautiful mind set not on the things of man, but the things of God.