Monday, December 9, 2013

Wonderful Counselor - The Gift of Counsel for our Direction and Peace

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 

One day very close to Christmas, a young boy was coming down the hallway at church. He had in his hand a little ceramic tray that he had made in Sunday School. It was to be his Christmas gift to his mother. He had been working on it for several weeks and he was so proud of it.

As he ran down the hall, he tripped and fell. The tray crashed to the floor and broke into several pieces. The little boy was devastated. He began to cry loudly and uncontrollably. He was absolutely heartbroken. People tried to comfort him with all kinds of counsel: It was just a tray. Not worth much. No big loss. Besides, you can make another one. It’s nothing, forget it. You can give your mother something else. Don’t worry about it.” But nothing helped. The child was inconsolable.

Finally his mother arrived on the scene. Quickly she realized what had happened. Kneeling down beside her crestfallen, distraught son with his broken gift, she hugged him tightly and said, “Well, now, I think this is fixable... Let’s pick up the pieces and take it all home. We’ll put it back together and see what we can make of it.” The little boy hugged his mom back and smiled.

Isn’t that exactly what the Christmas message is about? The world is broken into many fragments, as are our lives. And God stoops down beside us. He hugs us and says, “Well, now, this is fixable. Let me help you pick up the pieces. We’ll put it back together and see what we can make of it.”
His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, for he will, you see, listen, deeply listen, to the wounded spirits of those for whom the cruelties of human tragedy have opened and left running the sores of sorrow. His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor.

Jesus Christ our Wonderful Counselor is God's Word in the flesh . . . "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." - John 1:1  What better counsel is there than to heed and follow the Word of God?

For, you see, He is a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, He is despised and rejected of men, He is a wounded spirit.  He is a wounded healer. And all you and I have to do is to accept Him, receive Him, own Him, love Him. All we are required to do is to let Him work in us and with us.
His Words are our guide and understanding for Life.  For every situation we face in life God has given us His wise counsel in His Word.  An everlasting Christmas is ours when we turn to Christ in the crisis.  He alone is our "Wonderful Counselor" holding the Living Word to meet and guide us in our every need.

Has life become boring or filled with bad choices that lead us further from the guidance of our Wonderful Counselor?  Today is a good day to accept the invitation of Christ the Lord...

Scripture to Claim:

Revelation 3:18  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

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