”For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor . . .” Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)
It’s the Christmas season (Merry Christmas!), the time of year we celebrate Jesus’ birth. So often we think of Jesus as either the baby born at Christmas or as our Savior who rose again on Easter. But we see here He was given to us to be our “Wonderful Counselor”. Is He your Wonderful Counselor? I’m smiling to myself as I remember the movie “What About Bob?” when Bob’s counselor has trained him to say to himself in times of distress, “I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful!” Jesus is definitely not anything like that counselor was, thank goodness!
So what kind of Counselor is He? He is a Counselor “. . . who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, [and will] comfort you and strengthen you . . . ” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) How does that sound? Pretty good, right? This is the Truth about Jesus as our Wonderful Counselor! He loves us and by His grace we have comfort and hope, and He will strengthen us. Who of us doesn’t need some comfort and hope as we face the unknowns in life? When you’re facing a heart-breaking situation you can go to Him for comfort. When you’re facing a hopeless situation you can go to Him for hope. When you’re facing a decision and are unsure of which way to go, you can go to Him for direction and wisdom. He is there, ready and waiting for us to turn to Him.
Maybe you have turned to Him before to be your Wonderful Counselor and felt as though nothing happened. Try it again! He promises that when we seek Him with all our hearts and souls we will find Him. (Deut. 4:29) Keep going to Him, keep surrendering to Him, be still and listen for Him, and you will find that comfort, hope and insight you’re longing for.