The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation.

Psalm 33: 11


There are thoughts, ideas, and concepts that last, and there are those that seem profound and true in the moment and then, even when they are carved into stone, fade from use. A really good test of the advice and the wisdom that we listen to is to look at the duration of its validity. Has the same idea been true throughout history? You see, God has been saying the same things to people from the very beginning of our relationship with Him; He has not changed his mind, and His heart is constant and continually loves us.


Another aspect of the way that God relates to me is that He is very active and involved, and He is truly personal in what He says. The Lord provides me with wisdom and insight for living that seems as if it were created solely for my situation and for my life. These thoughts unfold out of His word in ways that are pertinent to the moment and that seem as if they were written about today as viewed from my front door. Although it can seem a bit scary to consider how well God actually knows me, it is truly comforting to realize this and to know that He still loves and accepts me. His thoughts, plans, and counsel are intended to provide me with everything that I need to live my life fully and to live it well.


True wisdom is also a gift and a legacy; God gives it to people, and He wants us to share it with others and to pass it on to the next generation. A life that is lived by following God’s will and inside of the framework of His plan is one that stands out in ways that impact people’s hearts for eternity.