“He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly.” 2 CHRONICLES 22: 3
People say a lot of things around us and some of the talks could be careless or foolish. They could come as casual talks or counsel. The talks could come from casual friends or even very close relations – 2 Chr 22: 3. The wife of Job gave birth to ten children and was married for several years. Consider her counsel and her husband’s response. Consider how people who are close could give counsels that would affect lives positively or otherwise – 2 Chr 10: 10 – 11.
Note the word “Then” that starts verse 9 of our Bible passage. Remember that Job had lost all and was not in the best position humanly speaking, ‘Then………………’
Wealth was gone, children (sons and daughters) were dead and Job was afflicted with boils. What else was left?
• Why did his wife give her comments?
• Did Job have any reason against God?
• Discuss conditions under which people give foolish counsels. Can there be reasons to justify them?
• What is the implication of Job’s response?
B. EXAMPLES OF FOOLISH COUNSELS
It is not good to always think that it is all over. It could mean that our trust and hope in God is over. Consider the result of the spies in Num 13: 30 – 14: 1-2. Consider Ex 14: 11-12 and Num. 20: 4-5. Note the result in Num 26: 65.
Some examples of foolish counsel in the Bible:
To sin – 2 Sam. 13: 5.
For popularity – 2 Sam. 16: 21.
Vengeance – 1 Sam 24: 4; Est 5: 14.
Envy – Est 3: 9; Dan 6: 8.
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Give some examples of today’s foolish talk, “Is death not better ……”
C. OUR REACTION
Our reaction should be to count our blessings, name them one by one and appreciate God in all situations – 1 Thess 5: 18. Think of God’s mercies that cannot be seen but with eternal values – 2 Cor 4: 15-18.
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The devil can use our flesh, friends or even people close to us with foolish talks. The devil can drive us into foolish conclusions and even foolish actions. You must remember that your Redeemer lives – Job 19: 25 – and that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning- Ps 30: 5.
1. What kind of people will influence your lives with their opinions or counsels?
2. Give some examples of wrong counsels.
3. What should be our reactions when things seem not to be working well?
- A way out of wrong counsel is to avoid listening to any of it.
- Refuse to be persuaded by evil counsels.
- Beware of your friends because of their counsels.
- Beware of gallows counsel so that you don’t become a victim.
– Do not accept any counsel to serve just any god.
- No weapon formed against you shall prosper.
- Refuse to give the counsel of John the Baptist’s head.
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