Jesus: God with Us
By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 12/15/21
God, the sovereign Creator, had the ability to choose any titles He wanted to tell the world about His Son Jesus. Seven hundred years before Jesus was born, the very first title God chose to describe His Son to the prophet Isaiah was Wonderful Counselor (see Isaiah 9:6).
Because Jesus is God, the wisdom that He offers flows out of His omnipotence. Jesus is the only one who can see clearly into the depths of our hearts—and He is the only one who can heal where we are broken. Jesus is the only one who knows everything about us, even our deepest longings—and then only He can satisfy those longings. Jesus is the only one who knows every dark chamber in our hearts—and then only He can shine His light in those dark corners and lead the way out. The counsel that Jesus offers is given in light of His absolute understanding of all things. No one else can give counsel and wisdom so thorough and complete.
Not only that, the Wonderful Counselor offers His perfectly wise counsel to us anytime. Jesus said, “[T]he Advocate, the Holy Spirit, . . . will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26). God’s very Spirit lives inside every believer in Christ, so no appointments are necessary; Jesus is always in session with you. Through His Spirit living inside you, the Wonderful Counselor has the ultimate open-door policy.
This counsel is a great gift, and our Wonderful Counselor offers this all-knowing wisdom to whoever asks Him for it. So before you talk to anyone else about what is going on in your life, seek the Wonderful Counselor. Linger in His presence and receive His counsel, His Truth, and even His loving rebuke. Receiving the Counselor’s wisdom from the halls of heaven itself is simply a matter of tuning your heart to Him. Can you hear Him?
Prayer: Wonderful Counselor, help me heed Your voice and seek Your counsel first and always. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).