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Tuesday, December 6, 2022
The Poole Forge Covered Bridge in Eastern Lancaster County is one of our many covered bridges. Notice the wreaths!
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Note: This week we are sharing a five part series based on Isaiah 9:6, considering one the great Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah.
Message summary: Today we encourage you to regularly seek and follow the counsel of our Wonderful Counselor regarding all that concerns you.
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"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).
Today let us consider the first of four names of Christ mentioned in Isaiah 9:6, "His name will be called Wonderful Counselor". Some versions treat wonderful as a separate description while others consider "wonderful" an adjective for Counselor. Of course either way it doesn't change basic theology. Jesus is both wonderful and a wonderful counselor!
Counseling is a popular field of study these days. The desire to help others is commendable. There are all kinds of places to study to be a counselor including college classes, online and correspondence. Just search "online counseling courses" and you will see there are many.
We have valued good counsel through the years and hope we've offered some as well. Some of the best counsel in our view comes from non-professionals well along in life who have the benefit of life experience, along with the wisdom that comes from a steady walk with the Lord and years of Bible study. Sadly many discount the value of this type of counsel, considering it inferior to those who have received formal training.
I thank the Lord for good pastoral and common sense counsel from others through the years. I still recall sitting down with my banker in my early 20's and getting some helpful financial and accounting counsel I didn't get in Bible College! It is our view that many seek complicated and often expensive solutions for answers that basically require obedience to simple advice. Bluntly in many cases the "counseling industry" can be a huge racket, offering advice that is contrary to the Bible.
We see ads run about addiction counseling covered by insurance which we hope have helped some. However many of these programs in our observation, during our pastoral years and now in our chaplaincy role, are just revolving doors. The greatest key to overcoming is when the counsel includes emphasis on Biblical principles and above all, a life-changing experience with Jesus Christ.
We all have personal and immediate access to the Wonderful Counselor. The Scripture teaches in Hebrews 4 concerning this counselor, "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time" (verses 15,16).
The Bible study site gotquestions.org has these helpful comments concerning Christ being our counselor:
"In ancient Israel, a counselor was portrayed as a wise king, such as Solomon, giving guidance to his people (1 Kings 4:34; Micah 4:9). Isaiah uses this word again in 28:29 to describe the LORD: "This also comes from the LORD of hosts; He is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom".
Jesus is a wise counselor. “He did not need any testimony about mankind, for He knew what was in each person” (John 2:25). He is able to advise His people thoroughly because He is qualified in ways no human counselor is. In Christ is “hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3), including the knowledge of all human nature (Psalm 139:1–2). Jesus always knows what we are going through, and He always knows the right course of action (Hebrews 4:15–16).
Christ’s position as our Counselor means we can trust Him to listen to our problems and guide us in the right direction (Proverbs 3:6). We can be sure He is listening because He told us to pray to Him about our worries (Philippians 4:6; James 1:5). We can be certain He has our best interests at heart because He loves us (1 John 4:19). And His love is so wide and deep (and wonderful) that we cannot fully understand it (Romans 5:8)." *¹
A small advent devotional titled "His Name Shall Be Called: Inspiration for the Christmas Season" features dozens of names and titles of Jesus Christ from both the Old and New Testaments. In regard to "Counselor":
"Not often is He called 'Counselor' now. Even God's saints continuously ask of men instead of God, "How may I find God's will?" Conference after conference is held by both the world and the church to find by human wisdom some better plan for earthly government, or for the church, or for the welfare of our earthly life and walk. But how rarely do we bow together or alone to seek that heavenly wisdom, that divine counsel, which alone will enable us to find our way out of the mazes in which we wander. When will His name be joyfully and triumphantly proclaimed as "Counselor" by His people? By you?" *²
Today we encourage you to regularly seek and follow the counsel of our Wonderful Counselor regarding all that concerns you.
Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, as we travel here below we have much to think about, much to decide upon, and questions arise where it can be very difficult to find the right answer. At times it's hard to do the right thing, being uncertain as to what the right thing is to do. We know the best place to search is the Scriptures since that is where we find the greatest counsel, and then we seek in prayer the Wonderful Counselor who knows our needs even before we voice them. Thank You, Father, for sending Jesus, our Wonderful Counselor, who loves and cares for us more than any human agent, and will guide us into His paths of righteousness all the days of our life as we cling to Him. Amen.
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Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Wonderful Counselor" Video Maranatha Singers
"Wonderful Counselor" Video Resound Worship
"Jesus, What A Wonderful Child" Video Calvary Church choir and orchestra from several years ago.
"No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus" Video Steffany Gretzinger As we prayed together at the conclusion of today's message the line, "Jesus, our Wonderful Counselor, who loves and cares for us more than any human agent" brought to mind an old hymn. We both enjoyed this updated version.
*¹ Article on gotquestions.org on the Messiah being a Wonderful Counselor. I have benefited from this site for many years now and it has a vast collection of easily searchable resources.
*² From "His Name Shall Be Called: Inspiration for the Christmas Season", published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.
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