And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor. ~ Isaiah 9:6
Our Lord Jesus Christ is called Wonderful. In Christ are hidden invaluable wonderful treasures (see Col. 2:3). Christ is called Wonderful, because He has inconceivable methods of assisting us! He is a wonder of a Counselor! The counsel He gives will be above the counsel of ordinary men. It will be the counsel of Yahweh, because He is Yahweh. Isaiah 28:29 tells us of “the Lord of hosts,/Who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance.” The child who shall be called such wonderful names will give exceptional counsel to a confused world, said Isaiah. “Never has man spoken as this man!” echoed an astonished multitude in the Messiah’s day!
We have to learn to get our counsel from God. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly” says the psalmist (Ps. 1:1). Before we telephone in despair to a friend, spill our physical and emotional pain in the doctor’s office, or shout our problem from the housetops in the frantic hope that help will appear, we need to go to God! Are you worried? Go to God! Depressed, sick, frightened? Go to God. Are you dejected? Go to God. My friend who helped me to find my faith did the best thing for me; she taught me to look to God for counsel. She herself was so knowledgeable that it was hard for me to look elsewhere. But she was wise enough to teach me that she was not as wise as my wonderful Counselor.
A young pastor’s wife wrote a troubled letter to her mother, who was also a pastor’s wife. Her mother withheld her reply. “She knows where to go,” she said. “Jesus is a wise Counselor - He will be able to help her far better than I.” Wise words!