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, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
Isaiah 9:6-7 NLT
Perhaps, we rush too quickly through the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah. We see Isaiah give Him the titles of Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace, and we rush through with little thought. Perhaps, the familiar causes us to miss the richness of these titles.
Let’s pause and think about Jesus being our Wonderful Counselor. Just this week, I was reading about the mental health struggles all around us. Times of isolation, fear of the unknown, and anxiety about the future have caused many to struggle. The usual support systems seem broken for many.
Into our world comes our Wonderful Counselor. God with us, Jesus comes to give us a listening ear and fill us with hope.
I have had the privilege of working with several counselors in my lifetime. Each one was used at a specific time to help me process difficult circumstances in my life. It was amazing the insight I gained through an outside set of eyes looking at my life. Perhaps, one of the best bits of help was the self-awareness. Counselors have helped me see my blind spots. (I am obviously still working with a counselor today to improve this area.)
One thing I learned earlier in the process was the importance of honesty. If I wasn’t completely honest with the counselor, they were limited in their ability to help.
The same is true in our relationship with Jesus. We must be honest about our struggles and sins. We have to acknowledge our failures, fear, and weaknesses. If we want help, we must be honest.
During this Christmas season, let’s welcome the Wonderful Counselor into our lives. We all need a fresh perspective.
Lord Jesus, I welcome You as my Wonderful Counselor. I invite You to speak into my life. Help me see the areas that need adjustment and improvement. Give me the courage to be honest with You and listen to You.
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