August 20, 2019 – Israel’s Costly Counsel

Israel’s Costly Counsel

 August 20
 Daily Reading – Psa. 80-85 / Rom. 13


Psalm 81:11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.


      Watching a bad movie can be so frustrating. You can plainly see what’s about to happen. You already know something bad lurks behind the door they’re about to enter. If it were good, they wouldn’t play the spooky music. You could almost write the plot to the story before it ends. Still, the people in the film continue to make the most obvious of mistakes. The point of my frustration is that I yelled out for them not to go in that door. I told them to turn around. I pleaded for them not to go down the alley. Do you think they would listen? No, they don’t. If they’d have listened to me, all their problems could have been avoided. The most frustrating part for those in the room with me, is probably me yelling, telling the actors what to do. Sometimes when those with me have had enough, they tell me what to do.

      Like a script from a bad TV show, is the true to life situation Israel finds itself in. God forewarned them about messing around with other gods. He told them this would cost them their land, their families, and worst of all, their fellowship with Him. Yet, in Psalm 81:11 it says! “But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.” They listened to the wrong counsel. Verse 12 says “…they walked in their own counsels.” Instead of listening to God, who could see how things would end, they took counsel one from another. It’s like the blind leading the blind. That’s not a good idea.


    People today want to change or ignore God’s word, often to fit what they want to do. We need to realize what Israel failed to realize. God already knows what is coming in life. Taking counsel from someone who can’t see the end of the story, is a really bad idea.

Who are you following in life?



Living In His Word Ministries
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

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