Jesus: 'Wonderful Counsellor'
In the few days run up to Christmas, the More Precious team will be looking at the four names given to Jesus in Isaiah 9:6, each expressing a beautiful truth about who He is. We're so excited to begin this mini series with a post from Katrina about Jesus, our 'Wonderful Counsellor,' and how we can trust in him wholeheartedly. Nadia x
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 Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
When you look at this list of 4 descriptions of Jesus, we usually skip over ‘Wonderful Counsellor’ as the odd one out. It is not a way we often think to describe Jesus. But when we delve into the meaning behind it, we see it demonstrates His ‘wonderful-ness’ in a number of ways.
Counsellors in the Bible are often people from whom one seeks wisdom and advice. Later on in Isaiah we find this verse:
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord.
We see here that Jesus has the wisdom of God, the creator of the universe. He is the wisest of the wise and the cream of the crop as far as counsellors are concerned. He is qualified in a way that no human counsellor or friend could ever be.
It’s usually preferable for someone to know you well in order to give good advice. Not only is Jesus qualified on a super human level, He knows us better than anyone else ever could.
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
He understands and empathises with our problems and offers us mercy and grace when we are in need. (Hebrews 4:15) Because of these biblical promises we can trust Jesus to listen to our problems in prayer and respond by guiding us in the right direction. Jesus (fortunately!) does not give bad advice. We know he has our best interests at heart and loves us more than we can comprehend.
Perhaps Christmas is a period where our worries tend to crop up more than usual. We worry about how much money we’ve spent, who is coming for the holidays, which presents we’ll receive, if that person likes us enough to send a Christmas card… the list goes on.
It is easy to get caught up in it all and forget that Jesus is our Wonderful Counsellor. He knows us inside out. He loves us to seek His advice. We have forgotten that God sent His son, to be born as a tiny baby, so that we could live under his incomprehensible love and adoration, knowing that we can wholeheartedly trust him. Doesn’t that put everything else in perspective?
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
(1 Peter 5:7)
Katrina is a second year Sports student at studying at Durham University. Although often missing her wonderful Cambridge home, Katrina has found Durham to be a hard place not to fall in love with. Katrina is passionate about watching girls grow with the assurance and knowledge that they are valuable and crazily loved daughters of God.