Sweet, Hearty and Wise Counsel

…and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor… – Isaiah 9:6

You have gone to your Master in the day of trouble, and in the secret of your chamber you have poured out your heart before Him. You have laid your case before Him, with all its difficulties, as Hezekiah did Rabshakeh’s letter, and you have felt, that though Christ was not there in flesh and blood, yet He was there in spirit, and He counselled you. You felt that His was counsel that came from the very heart. But He was something better than that. There was such a sweetness coming with His counsel, such a radiance of love, such a fullness of fellowship, that you said, ” Oh that I were in trouble every day, if I might have such sweet counsel as this!” Christ is the Counsellor whom I desire to consult every hour, and I would that I could sit in His secret chamber all day and all night long, because to counsel with Him is to have sweet counsel, hearty counsel, and wise counsel, all at the same time.

Tried child of God, your daughter is sick; your gold has melted in the fire; you are sick yourself, and your heart is sad. Christ counsels you, and He says, “Cast thy burden upon the Lord; He will sustain thee; He will never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Young man, you that are seeking to be great in this world, Christ counsels you this morning. “Seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not.” I shall never forget Midsummer Common. I was ambitious; I was seeking to go to college, to leave my poor people in the wilderness that I might become something great; and as I was walking there that text came with power to my heart-“Seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not.” “Lord,” said I, “I will follow Thy counsel and not my own devices;” and I have never had cause to regret it. Always take the Lord for thy guide, and thou shalt never go amiss. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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