Good morning. All through history, leaders have needed counselors. In Western civilization, they are called a cabinet. Each leader has his way of accumulating leaders. Upon becoming president, Abraham Lincoln (president from 1861-1865) assembled a cabinet of opponents, some of whom ran against Lincoln in the primary. He wanted the smartest men, not simply yes men.
This was unlike another who was an OT king. Upon King Solomon’s death, the assembly approached the new king, Rehoboam, and said, “Your father made our yoke heavy. Now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke on us, and we will serve you” (1 Kings 12:4). He asked the older advisors what to do, and they suggested easing the burden, while the younger advisors wanted him to exert his authority and position.
In Isaiah 9:2, the prophet tells God’s people: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, a light has shone.” Here, we must realize that this light is not mere wise insight–Jesus is that light and whoever walks in him will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life. Christ’s laws and character are such that make Him a wonder. He does not need to counsel with others, for as Colossians 2:3, Christ is “the treasure of all wisdom and knowledge.”
Read 1 John 1:5-7: “5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
And also Psalm 32:8: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
Someone once said, “A wise person seeks much counsel; a fool listens to all of it.” Our wonderful counselor is never frustrated. Never at a loss. He not only walks in the light, He is the light.
Are you walking in darkness? Come to the light!