21st April 2017


“Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a counsellor, a man of insight and a scribe. Jehiel son of Hakmoni took care of the king’s sons. Ahithophel was the king’s counsellor. Hushai the Arkite was the king’s confidant.
1 Chronicles 27:32-33 (NIVUK)

The need for counselling when dealing with emotional trauma has been recently in the news. We could decide to try to cope by ourselves, but often it’s better to seek help.

In 1 Chronicles 27 those who served as David’s trusted men are listed, and, among them, are two counsellors and one confidant. Jonathan, David’s uncle, a counsellor, is said to be “a man of insight”, suggesting that he could discern what was really happening in most situations. The other counsellor, Ahithophel, was involved in one of the greatest traumas of David’s life. It was when David’s son, Absalom, tried to take over the throne by leading a rebellion against his father. This was made worse when Ahithophel saw an opportunity for himself in joining the rebellion and became Absalom’s counsellor. David prayed that Ahithophel’s counsel would be turned into foolishness, but it was Hushai the Arkite, David’s close friend and confidant, who saved the day. Hushai pretended to side with Absalom and in so doing succeeded in thwarting the advice of Ahithophel. Read the whole story in 2 Samuel 15:30-37. Later, when Ahithophel saw that his counsel had not been followed, he committed suicide (2 Samuel 17:23). Quite a story!

Hopefully, when we seek counsel, there is no political intrigue and deception. Isaiah prophesied that Jesus, our friend, would be our “Wonderful Counsellor”, and Jesus himself explained that the Holy Spirit would be a counsellor for us.

It is, of course, good to have a close confidant on whom we can rely, and to have someone with whom we counsel. Above all, when trauma strikes, turn to Jesus, and let his Spirit comfort and guide you. 

Thank you, Father, for good counsellors and true friends, and for your Son, Jesus, our Friend, and for the Holy Spirit who counsels us in love and in grace. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. This weekend James is speaking in our Watford congregation.

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