- Jeevan Babu Olesu
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6
Everyone needs counseling. We seek counsel for our daily lives, for special situations, for any help that we need. No matter what our age is we still seek out others for guidance and encouragement. In our society there are marriage counselors, student counselors, health counselors, and pretty much a counselor for any type of problem we may have. In sports we have a coach who has a similar function to a counselor. Have you ever heard about the Wonderful Counselor? There are many counselors in this world, but Jesus Christ is the only One who is called Wonderful Counselor. That is one of His names.
How many times do you think the word counselor is in the Bible? According to the King James Version, it is mentioned 259 times in the Old Testament and 323 times in the New Testament. When problems come, we want to go to someone else and ask for their advice, for their counsel. Jesus Christ is the Wonderful Counselor, but we often neglect seeking His
counsel in our lives. That is where the problems go from being small to becoming larger and larger. When we seek the counsel of the world, we only get worldly solutions. These solutions may last for a while, but they often create larger problems. During this Christmas season, let us welcome Jesus Christ as our Wonderful Counselor to lead us, our family, our churches, and our society. He wants to come and guide us. The Bible says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you” (Ps. 32:8,9). Jesus welcomes us to come to Him and promises to counsel, guide, and lead us in the way we should go. He doesn’t want us to be like animals. We can understand that He knows the way, and we can choose to follow Him faithfully. Children need more counseling, and need their parents to teach them to go to the Wonderful Counselor Jesus Christ. When we follow His counseling our life will be so strong. We make plans for our everyday lives, and we worry whether they will be fruitful or not. The Bible says, “Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war” (Prov. 20:18). Before we make plans, we need to go to our Wonderful Counselor and ask for Him to guide us. His counsel is perfect and we can trust that He will lead us to the best way. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, don’t forget though He was born a baby, He is also our Wonderful Counselor. Maybe your husband, wife, mother, father, or child is unable to understand you. Come to Jesus and find that He is there and knows you fully. There is nothing about you that He does not understand. Not only does He understand you, but He also will give you the best, most trustworthy and true counsel. The Psalmist says in Psalm 73:24, “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.”
During this season as we look to the birth of our Savior, may we also remember that though He was born as a sweet baby, He also is our Wonderful Counselor. Even when he was young, people including scholars were so amazed at His teaching. He will not just counsel us, but will counsel us wonderfully. You may have struggles in your life that seem too big. Maybe you have lost hope for some of them to be solved. My dear friends, please go to the Wonderful Counselor. He who chose to come and die for you to forgive your sins, will lead you lovingly, steadfastly, and faithfully with his loving eyes always upon you. He will use His word, His people, and even His creation to counsel you [to talk to you]. Please seek Him and listen to what our Wonderful Counselor Jesus Christ has to say.
Dear Wonderful Counselor, we thank You for coming to this earth as a simple baby and yet also filled with the knowledge and wisdom of all things. Thank You that You are our Wonderful Counselor. Thank You that we may come to You, seek Your guidance, and You are always faithful to guide us. You encourage us to come and are even eager to lead us in the path we should go. Thank You, Lord. Please help us seek and follow You faithfully each day. Amen.