Wonderful Counselor | Devotion #4: Incomprehensible
Holly Wells | Assistant to Lead Pastor Jim Combs
We have all sought counsel from our family, a friend, a mentor, a pastor, or even a co-worker. I also believe that over time we have received advice from sources which has run the gamut from wisdom to destruction. With nearly half of American households seeking therapy these days, we cannot help but wonder, “who are these counselors?” Whether professional or personal, who do we allow to speak into our lives? What or who determines their position? Is it the designations that follow after their name suggesting their level of intellect and qualification that impress you? How do you decide who to trust with your heart, fears, struggles, pain, questions, conflict, and decisions? Do you go to those who will tell you what you want to hear? Will it be worldly advice that will lead you astray with, “As long as you are happy, that is all that matters,” or will it be someone of moral integrity who will give you instruction and truth from the Word of God?
I do not know about you, but receiving truth – not truth of one’s opinion but truth according to God – is of utmost importance to me. Sometimes receiving God’s truth might hurt because I need correction or rebuke. But despite the pain, embarrassment, or disappointment, I never want anything to come between the Lord and me. God loves me more than anyone ever will, and He demonstrated this by sending Jesus, born of a woman, subject to the law to buy us freedom from the law so that He could adopt us as His children (Galatians 4:4-5).
“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:2 (NKJV)
Jesus is fully God and fully man, holy, and matchless (John 1:14; 10:38; Philippians 2:9). Jesus gave up His divinity to take on humanity (Philippians 2:6-7). Jesus was Teacher (Matthew chapter 5), Healer (Matthew 9:1-8), Restorer (John 21:15-19), Provider (John 6:1-14), Defender (John 8:1-11), Giver of Life (John 10:10), and Interceder (Romans 8:34). The list goes on and on! Jesus faced temptations and trials, yet He never wavered and never sinned (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:20-30; Hebrews 4:15). Jesus laid down His life for us (John 3:16-17; 15:13). I have never known anyone greater to trust and walk with me through life!
Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor! Make no mistake of the true meaning of “Wonderful.” Today, we might use awesome, amazing, delightful, or spectacular as common words to describe “wonderful.” But the original Hebrew meaning of “Wonderful” is “incomprehensible” and the original context of “Counselor” refers to a wise king. When we understand the correct meaning of Wonderful Counselor and learn about Him from the Word, not only does it deepen the understanding of Who Jesus is, but it gives us a clearer picture of why we should seek Him above all others. Jesus is the Incomprehensible Wise King!