December 04, 2013

Wonderful Counselor

Isaiah 9:6-7

May [they] know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
—Colossians 2:2-3


To face life’s questions and problems alone only adds to our struggle and pain. But where can we turn? Thankfully, many of us have close friends or family who listen and offer words of wisdom. These confidants offer a helpful perspective and can guide our thinking. But, sadly, many others are not so blessed. And even the best counselors cannot always be there. What’s more, even their wisdom is limited.

Isaiah reminds us of God’s gift of Jesus as our Wonderful Counselor. In his divinity he is all knowing. In his humanity, he understands. When we are tempted to cry, “But you don’t know what I am going through!” we need to know that Jesus has walked in our shoes. He faced temptation, pain, loss, betrayal, and even death for our sake. He knows, cares, and understands.

By coming to live with us in our world, Jesus has shown the depth of his love. And, as God, he has the power to accomplish his purposes. Reigning now in heaven, he is both praying for his people and moving time and space toward the full coming of his kingdom.

He is the Wonderful Counselor. Come to him for direction and counsel. Talk to him honestly, and humbly seek his guidance. Listen to his Word, for all the treasures of divine wisdom and knowledge are found in him.

Lord, you have the words of life. Speak to us, and help us grow in true wisdom. We pray in your powerful name. Amen.

About the author — Calvin Aardsma

Calvin Aardsma has been a pastor for more than thirty years. He has served churches in Indiana, Oregon, and the Chicago area. Currently, he is a pastor of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. He also serves on the board of the Ugandan Orphanage Relief Fund. Cal and his wife, Sandy, have four children and five grandchildren.

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