Insight for Today 4 October 2021 by Pastor Chuck Swindoll | Deep Waters
Welcome to Insight for Today A Daily Devotional by Pastor Chuck Swindoll (Monday 4th October 2021). God bless you through this reading, Amen. Kindly share this with other people.
TOPIC: DEEP WATERS
The importance of being sensitive to the needs of people around us can scarcely be exaggerated. Even though you may not be steeped in Bible knowledge, you should realize that God can use you effectively as a counselor, friend, and interested listener simply because you know the Lord Jesus Christ! Naturally, the deeper your knowledge of His Word, the sharper your discernment and the wiser your counsel will be. Job’s counselors, for example, dealt with him miserably and spoke unwisely. (You might take the time to read Job 13:3–4; 16:2; 21:34.)
Solomon, however, praised the value of a wise counselor:
A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding draws it out. (20:5)
The thoughts and motives of a person lie deep within, and deep in this sense doesn’t mean “profound.” Think of a deep well or cistern, where reaching the water requires special effort and lots of energy. Similarly, reaching the thoughts and motives deep within a troubled heart requires special effort and lots of energy, but a wise, discerning, insightful friend can help us pull up our feelings and examine them honestly. As one experienced counselor remarked, “The issue is never the issue.” We think we understand our own thoughts and motives, but very often we’re driven by internal forces we do not fully understand.
At any given time, we might need someone to help us examine our inner self, or we ourselves might be in a position to help someone else do the same. Personally, I believe this is exactly what Paul had in mind when he wrote: “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
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