Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne:
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of peace”
I love that “Wonderful Counselor” is the first name mentioned for the “son” Who “will be given to us” in this passage from Isaiah.
Even before God mentioned His Own mighty, eternal presence and Lordship, He first wanted people to know that His son was coming to us, to be our “Wonderful Counselor.”
God was speaking tender words of comfort to His people, out of love, and of His great desire to be in relationship with us, to the intimate degree that we would all be seeking after and receiving His Own Counsel, which is always wonderful.
This is precisely what we have available to us, right now and always, in our Savior Jesus Christ, Who said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29). This is God’s most wonderful counsel for us, to come to Christ, to take His yoke of fellowship and discipleship upon us, and stay with Him in His presence, so we may learn of Him and from Him, with the result being that we experience true “rest” for our souls. This is great wisdom, wonderful wisdom from our Wonderful Counselor for us!
This certainly is God’s gift to every Christian, to not only know Christ as our “Wonderful Counselor,” But to actually walk with Him in His yoke and be transformed daily by His wonderful counsel.
The apostle Paul wrote of “Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3). I believe these scriptures; I know them to be true, and this is why I gladly and gratefully stay in the yoke with my Savior, for there is no other one I would rather walk with every day, receiving the “treasures” that He continually gives us of Himself.
Jesus Christ is Wonderful. Jesus Christ is my Counselor.
Praise God that, by His grace, each of us are free to say and experience that Jesus Christ is our Wonderful Counselor. “This also comes from the lord of hosts, Who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great” (Isaiah 28:29). “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24) is what Paul also declared of our Savior.
Today, let me encourage you to walk with the Son who has been “born to us” and “given to us.” Rest in His yoke with Him and feast upon the treasures of His wisdom and knowledge that He freely gives us, of Himself, through His never-ending wonderful counsel.