Theme:- THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD.
Text: For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding (Prov. 26 Niv)
The theme for this Sunday is “The Whole counsel of God”. What does this mean? The whole counsel of God means the whole will of God for us. This whole will of God for us is contained in the Bible. The will of God as contained in the Bible is that we believe in Him as the Creator and Sustainer of the world, that we should believe in His Son Jesus Christ, whom He sent to the world to save us from our sins, that we should believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, and also keep His commandments so as to merit eternal life in the hereafter.
The will of God for us which must be believed and lead to personal surrender to Him, and also to a conduct acceptable to God can be surmmarised into two: love for God, and love for one’s neigbour (Mark 12: 28-31). God’s will for us are not burdensome (1 John 5:3). They are for our own good, as their violation leads to physical and spiritual disasters. The stories of Adam and Eve (Gen. 3), the multitudes who perished during the flood (Gen. 7) and the condemnation of the Israelites to forty years of wandering in the wilderness (Numbers. 14) etc. are illustrations.
As God’s will for us is for our own good, it is therefore imperative for everyone to keep into His will. This is because it is in abiding in His will that we can be fruitful (John 15:5) in all areas of our lives. It is for this reason that the psalmist says those who run after other gods multiply their sorrows (Psalmist 16:4), and that in God’s presence there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11)
Let us all then, always strive, regardless of our situations, to steadfastly remain in the will of God for us. Let us shun the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16) which usually stand in the way of committing ourselves to the will of God, as all these will pass away, but those who remain in the Lord will abide forever, and possess the crown of life.
Thy way, not mine O Lord
However dark it be
Lead me by thine own hand
Choose out the path for me
Not mine, not mine, the choice in things great or small
Be thou my guide, my strength
My wisdom and my all
(A&M 356 verse 1&7)
The Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D