Day 20 // Wonderful Counselor

“… He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

Who do you get your counsel from? Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Ivan Pavlov, Carl Rogers and B. F. Skinner are among some of the most famous counseling psychologists in history. Their theories are still taught in Universities today. Dr. Phil and Dear Abbey may be more familiar to most of us when seeking resolution to our issues. While they may offer good theories and some consolation, there is only one person called “Wonderful Counselor.”

Of all the titles the prophet gives the Christ child in this Advent passage this is among my favorite. “He will be called Wonderful Counselor…” I thought about that when I did my undergraduate in counseling. As I studied all the counseling practices and theories out there it dawned on me that the reason Jesus was such a wonderful counselor is because He is the Mighty God. Maybe you’ve been to some counselors who thought they were God, but only one can fulfill that claim.

Because this Wonderful Counselor is the Mighty God He is able to guide our lives with truth and peace. There’s no problem to big for Him to handle and no concern to small for His care. You can take any issue to Him. So what are you dealing with? While Christmas should be the most wonderful time of the year it can be the most difficult time of year for many. The pains of loss and loneliness; abandonment or discouragement can drive you to despair. But this Wonderful Counselor can handle every hurt, habit or hang-up we have because He is the Mighty God! What do you need? Take it to Him in prayer. Ask Him for His counsel and turn to His Word where He may speak to you and guide you. As a child I remember my mother often quoting Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

That’s good counsel for those who want to walk a straight path. Don’t let this Advent adventure stop short of bringing your need to Christ. Listen to the wise counsel of His Word and put it into practice. Keep a regular appointment with Him for the next five days and you will experience the most meaningful Christmas ever.

Teach me to acknowledge You in all my ways Oh Lord. I’m so prone to lean on my own understanding or look for a quick fix to my problems. I confess that my real issue may be trust. Help me to trust You with all my heart because You love me and know me better than I know myself.

What are the hurts, habits or hang-ups that may be stealing your joy this Christmas season?

Take these issues to God in prayer and seek counsel from His Word.

In what ways do you need to acknowledge God in order to make a wise decision? Financial? Relational? Emotional? Spiritual? Physical?