The Spirit of Counsel and Might

“And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2 KJV).”

I saw the Spirit of Counsel and Might in my back yard this month!  Where?  In a new garden of all places!

My three year old grandson David wanted to help his daddy plant a garden. The picture he had in mind was to push a seed into the ground with his finger and have a watermelon by sundown. Well, that didn’t happen, but he had great HOPE that it would!

Little David wanted a new garden, he expected a garden, he envisioned a garden full of fruits and vegetables, and he was willing to work as much as any other three year old.

IMG_2325His daddy (my son) wanted to plant a new garden, too. He expected a garden, envisioned a garden, and was willing to throw his back into it.

But Daddy knew it would take more than a thumb hole and a watermelon seed to produce a garden full of fruits and vegetables. And he knew it wouldn’t happen in a day.

Daddy got a pick axe from the garage and threw his back into breaking up the stubborn sod in the back yard. Hard work? Rather grueling, I think.

Little David wanted to help. Daddy counseled his little son on how gardens work. They both had the same goal, the same expectation, and Daddy had good counsel on how to prepare soil, plant seeds, and nurture life to grow a good garden.IMG_2326

But Daddy had something else–MUSCLES.  Yep, Daddy had the MIGHT to back up his counsel. So when it came time to begin a new garden, father and son worked side by side, Daddy with the heavy pick axe, and son with the little red shovel. Both of them worked hard for a while until David realized that the sand in the sandbox was easier to move than the garden soil and off he went. But Daddy called him back easily with a dangling worm and David squealed with delight as it wiggled in his hand.

This is the example of the Spirit of Counsel and Might.

You and your Father God have equal expectations–the future “garden” or future destiny that you both see for your life and you both agree will be great!

You think it will happen one way, but Father God is full of counsel and he shares that counsel with you. It doesn’t seem like much fun and the wait will be hard.

In the end, how much do you think your little red shovel will actually DO in the building of this garden? Very little.

But what Father God is after is not your hard work. He wants youIMG_2329 to believe that He knows what He’s doing. He wants you to listen to His counsel.

He doesn’t expect much power from your little red shovel. He already knows that you have limitations. Father God delights in working side by side with you and He cherishes the thought of time spent together. He gives you counsel on how it works and then HE THROWS HIS MIGHT INTO HIS DREAM FOR YOUR LIFE!

Little David needed his daddy’s counsel.

He needed his daddy’s might and muscle.

Daddy needed David’s fellowship.

The Spirit of Counsel and Might at work.


Garden Plowed Pic from Scott 2

About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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4 Responses to The Spirit of Counsel and Might

  1. Phyllis Martin says:

    Very good, must print so I have my own copy. Thank you Hope for sending this to me.


  2. Phyllis, so glad you took time on this busy weekend to read this!


  3. Hey everybody–you know, I slated this to go out on Wednesday the 30th and somehow it flew out the door right away. Sorry for the blog bomb over a busy Easter weekend everyone! If you read this, I hope you catch the “snuggle don’t struggle” work of the Holy Spirit of God as our Spirit of Counsel and Might!


  4. Carol Lehman says:

    I love this analogy of how Holy Spirit wants us to partner with Him and how He delights to have us with Him when He is the One who does almost all the work and we just show up and trust Him!! And I love the snuggle not struggle!!
    He is a good good Father!!


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