FOR HIS COUNSEL
Ps 106:13: They soon forgot His works; they waited not for His counsel.
They thought not that the Almighty God was their Leader and Provider; they asked not what His plans might be; they simply thought the thoughts of their own heart, and tempted and provoked God by their unbelief. They waited not for His counsel. How this has been the sin of God’s people in all ages! Even the advanced believer is in danger from this most subtle of temptations…taking God’s Word and thinking His own thoughts of them, and not waiting for His counsel. My whole relation to God is ruled in this, that His will is to be done in me and by me as it is in Heaven. He has promised to make known His will to me by His Spirit, the Guide into all truth. And my position is to be that of waiting for His counsel as the only guide of my thoughts and actions. God always works according to the counsel of His will; the more that counsel of His will is sought and found and honored, the more surely and mightily will God do His work for me and through me.
Oftentimes, I trust in my own wisdom and past experience, and do not realize that with every step I need, and may have, a Heavenly guidance. There may be elements of God’s will, application of God’s Word, experience of the close leading and Presence of God, manifestations of the Power of His Spirit, of which I know nothing as yet. God may be willing…no, God is willing…to open up these to the soul who is intently set upon allowing Him to have His way entirely, and who is willing in patience to wait for Him to reveal Himself ever more fully and deeply. While I think that I know and trust the power of God for what I may expect, I may be hindering Him by not giving time, and not definitely and deliberately cultivating the habit of waiting for His counsel.
A minister has no more solemn duty than teaching people to wait upon God. In our Church worship, in our prayer meetings, in our conventions, in all our gatherings as managers, or directors, or committees, or helpers in any part of the work for God, our first object ought ever to be to ascertain the mind of God. In all our gatherings, we need to believe in the Holy Spirit as the Guide and Teacher of God’s saints whenever they wait to be led by Him into the things which God hath prepared, and which the heart cannot conceive. More stillness of soul to realize God’s Presence; more consciousness of ignorance of what God’s great plans may be; more faith in the certainty that God has greater things to show us; that He Himself will be revealed in new Glory: these must be the marks of the assemblies of God’s saints if they would avoid the reproach, “They waited not for His counsel.”
This is the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with God: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto Him and listening for His voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for God to reveal to me His plans, His purposes, His will, a deeper revelation of Who He is, SO I MAY THEN RESPOND with an unquestioning child-like obedience to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, cooperating with the power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. My soul, wait thou only upon God!