One of the precious prophetic names given to the coming Messiah (Jesus) in Isaiah 9:6 was Wonderful Counselor. During this Christmas season, that name has great value for those who are confused and hurting. Over the next several weeks, I want to share with you four reasons why Christ is called the Wonderful Counselor.
First, Jesus truly is a wonderful counselor because he know my need! He knows everything about us. There is nothing we can hide from him. He knows us better than we know ourselves. As a Christian Counselor, I have come to appreciate this quality of Christ—because it takes the entire first session in any counseling relationship to attempt to find out what the problem really is! For a counselor, this is a difficult task for several reasons:
Sometimes people legitimately do not know what their problem is. How often I have heard people confess “Pastor, I don’t know what is wrong with me. I don’t know why I feel the way I do”. Such people are being honest, and they realize they have a problem, but have no idea what it is. Thank God we have a Savior who knows every single detail of our lives. He saw Nathaniel when he was still under a fig tree. He knows when a sparrow falls to the ground. He knows your need even when you don’t.
Sometimes people think they don’t have any need. They always blame others—they constantly think someone else is the problem, not themselves. I can’t even count the number of times a broken-hearted wife has sat in my office crying about a broken marriage, and the husband sits there and refuses to even consider that maybe he is the problem! I call this the “clueless husband syndrome”. They guy can’t (or won’t) admit that he has issues that need to be dealt with.
Sometimes people think they know what their problem is, but it is entirely different, far deeper. They say “we have a marriage problem”, but this is only the symptom. They real underlying need may be spiritual, it may be communication, it may be anger. They see the effects of the problem, but not the causes. We are all masters at deceiving ourselves. It is hard for us to admit to, and deal with, real underlying root causes. Jer. 17:9 says ‘the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?” Good point. Our sinful nature gets in the way of our seeing the TRUTH about our needs.
So, in conclusion, I am thankful that Christ, the Wonderful Counselor, knows my need. One thing is certain, people cannot possibly find a cure until they first know the problem. The best thing you can do when you are hurting is to ask Christ, the perfect Counselor, to help you understand yourself—to show you the truth about your Innermost Need.