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Isa 30:1-3 & 5 “Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord, “Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin; Who walk to go down to Egypt, And have not asked My advice, To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, And to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore the strength of Pharaoh Shall be your shame, And trust in the shadow of Egypt Shall be your humiliation.

Will of God is known by the counsel of God, devising a plan in our mind through the Holy Spirit and performing it according to the advice of the Lord.

Counsel – Counsel is to exchange knowledge for a particular situation or scenario. This knowledge is in the Word of God. The knowledge that is present in it is very vast and no one can fathom.

Devising a Plan – Now having received the knowledge from the word of God, using that knowledge we need to devise a plan according to the mind of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is He who gives us plans or forms a particular way to execute a task in our mind. Only through the knowledge that we received through counsel will enable us to understand the plan of the Holy Spirit.

I Kings 19:11-18
If we look at God’s conversation with Elijah in a soft voice, He devised a plan according to the situation that is in hand and asked Elijah to execute it. The desire of God on who should be the next prophet in his place was established in that conversation along with other instructions. Having read this multiple times, are we in a position to listen to God’s voice to know His will and plan? Do we read the scriptures to get enough knowledge about God’s ways and His preference? Do we sit with God and having a conversation with Him and devising a plan for an issue at hand or receiving a plan from Holy Spirit regarding the Kingdom of God?