Counselor

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)

Sometimes we think of a “counselor” as a person who listens to you tell them your problems.  There’s value in that.  The word that Isaiah uses is one that implies advice.  It’s the giving of direction from one person to another.  Kings had their “counselors” who listened to the king’s questions and responded with their “counsel”.

There are plenty of times in my own life where I’ve needed “counsel”.  In fact, let me share with you a little secret.  I think that I’m often quite clueless on many subjects and situations in my life.  I need good counsel.  Even Moses needed “counsel”, and one of the individuals that gave him advice was his own father-in-law Jethro.

As helpful as some “counselors” are, it’s good to be reminded that there is one Counselor who is “Wonderful”.  That Counselor’s name is Jesus.  It’s not a bad thing to spend time in counseling, but make sure you don’t ignore the Wonderful Counselor.  His advice is found in the Bible.  While I have found that His advice is not always what I want to hear, I have found that it’s always good.  In fact, it’s wonderful.  I would do well to read it and follow it.