Jesus Is a Wonderful Counselor
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given...and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor.” (Isaiah 9:6)
Have you ever been to camp? If you have, you know what it is to have a counselor. Your counselor is a person who answers your questions, helps you find your way around the camp, stays in the cabin with you at night, and basically looks out for you during your week at camp. If you have been to a Christian camp, your counselor might have prayed with you, talked with you about problems in your life, or answered your questions about the preacher’s messages. If you had a good counselor, you probably came away from camp thinking that your counselor was the next best thing to chocolate ice cream!
Isaiah 9:6 calls the Messiah, Jesus Christ, a Wonderful Counselor. Jesus is far better than the best of the best counselors you could have at camp. Those counselors might be good people who truly want to help you, but they are not the kind of counselor that Jesus is. Jesus is a perfectly holy and powerful Person. He is 100% God and 100% Man, and He knows exactly how to help you with any problem you have.
Just a few years ago, your camp counselors were probably campers just like you – campers who needed counselors themselves. Romans 11:34 tells us that Jesus has never needed to have a counselor. He has never needed any help or advice from anyone. He has always been perfect in wisdom and knowledge. He is a Counselor you do not have to leave behind at the end of an exciting week of camp. Once He becomes Your Savior, He will go with you through your entire life – guiding you, caring for you, listening to you, and giving you wisdom for each problem you face.
How do we get counsel (wise advice or help) from Jesus? In James 1:5, God promises to give us wisdom if we ask him for it. In Psalm 119:24, the psalmist says that we can find His counsel in His Word, the Bible. As you read God’s Word, look for things that apply to your life. Look for commands you can obey. Look for promises you can trust in. Look for guidance about specific problems you might have. You can never go wrong following the counsel of Jesus. He is a Wonderful Counselor.
Jesus is a Wonderful Counselor.
» Am I looking for and following the counsel of Jesus in His Word?
Truth In Real Life
“And people who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives... and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.”
Born on August 30, 1923, Nathanael Saint – or “Nate” – would grow up to be the most famous missionary pilot who had ever lived. From his childhood, he loved to fly and dreamed of being an airline pilot like his older brother.
Nate Saint began taking flying lessons when he was in high school and served as a pilot in World War II. He enrolled in Wheaton College, but eventually quit school to join the Mission Aviation Fellowship.
In 1948, Nate Saint and his wife Marge established an air base in an abandoned oil exploration camp. They were then able to supply nearby missionaries with medicine, mail, and needed supplies. They served God’s servants.
While returning from one particular flight to Quito, Saint got caught in some dangerous air currents and the plane crashed. The Lord preserved his life, and he considered it one of God’s ways of humbling him.
It was his humility, combined with his understanding of the risks involved, that made him just the right missionary pilot to work with Jim Elliot. In September 1955, Saint joined a team of men whose goal was to reach the Huaorani settlement. Saint discovered the settlement from the air, and the team began dropping baskets of gifts to the natives. After three months of air contact – Saint was piloting the plane – the whole team went to camp on the shore and to meet with the people on the ground.
The meetings started well, but they did not end as planned. There were misunderstandings that led to hostility, and all five of the team members were speared and killed by angry villagers.
Their story received international attention, and the men were heralded as martyrs for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Nate Saint was among those five martyrs. Through his personal testimony, he inspired many workers to join in missionary aviation efforts, risking their own lives for the sake of the Gospel.
What are you doing with the time that you have? Are you humbly spending the time and talents and other resources God has given you for Him, or for your own dreams and plans? Are God’s priorities important to you, or do you have your own priorities?
Matthew 10:39 – “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”