WK4D1I am a terribly indecisive person. Decisions about what I should wear, what I should make for dinner, or even which route I should take to get somewhere are all affected by my indecisiveness. And these are just the tiny things in life. When it comes to bigger decisions I can be overcome with stress and anxiety.

I believe one of the reasons God reveals himself to us through many different names is because it shows us how multi-faceted and big he is. God doesn’t just love, he is love. He doesn’t just execute justice, he is justice. He doesn’t just have all the answers, he is the answer.

We all at some time or another (in my case it is daily) need counsel and wisdom. Life is not easy to navigate. I know there have been decisions that you have had to make that were overwhelming and hard. I know this because while we may live in different areas of the world, we are all human and don’t have all the answers.  Situations we encounter in this world can be confusing and even disturbing. Our hearts leads us astray, sin tempts us to choose wrong, and the world cloaks sin and evil in beautiful clothing.  And so God took on flesh, became one of us, and showed us what wisdom looks like in the everyday.

If we want to be wise, then we must know Jesus! We need to learn everything we can about him, his character, his names, his works, his words, his book! As the Wonderful Counselor, Jesus teaches us by his Spirit and his word. He counsels us, even when an answer is impossible to give.

We must be women of the word and prayer and then we must believe that God will direct us in the right path. He may do this through the prompting of the Holy Spirit, through the words we read in his word, or through the godly counsel of those who are more wise than us.

I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
Ps. 16:7a

Has your Counselor perished? No! this cannot be, for Jesus ever lives as your Advocate. Then why yield to despondency or despair? Why succumb to your difficulty, and sink beneath your load? Your perplexity is nothing with Christ. What is all dark to you, is all light to Him. What to you is an entangled skein, is to Him a perfect mosaic. He can bring you out of all your difficulties, opening a way for your escape from all your troubles, make the crooked path straight and the rough place smooth. “Commit your way to Him, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”

-Octavius Winslow

Looking To Jesus,




Challenge (Week 4):
Wisdom is more than knowledge. It is biblical knowledge applied to life. Identify two areas in your life that you would like to grow in (ex.: Faith, kindness, hospitality, love, forgiveness, deeper understanding of prayer or the character of God …). Ask God to work in you so that you become wise in these areas for your benefit, the benefit of others and to the glory of God.

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Jen Thorn

Jen Thorn

Jen Thorn grew up in Germany and then spent her teenage years in Africa, where her parents were missionaries. She moved to the United States for college and attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where she met her husband. They have been married for twenty-two years and have four children. Jen lives in the suburbs of Chicago, where her husband is the pastor of Redeemer Fellowship. Jen is passionate about theology and the connection to daily living.

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