For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
IS 9:6 NIV
Recently I was meeting over Zoom with the three young men I am currently discipling. One of them is seeking direction for the future and asked the group for guidance and encouragement as he prayerfully considers his next steps.
Working with young people for the past two decades, a common need I have seen is the need for godly council and guidance. Much like the young man I am discipling, many other young people have questions about the future and are desperately searching for answers. One of the greatest joys of our work with Ascend is that we often get to serve as counselors in participants’ lives. The adventure activities that we facilitate often lead to teachable moments and times of vulnerability. In those times, we are able to offer council and direction that helps people to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
In the book of Isaiah the ancient prophet looked forward to the coming Jewish Messiah. He would be called wonderful counselor. This would be a wise and discerning king who would rule his people with a wisdom only the Son of God could possess.
This Christmas as we look back to the birth of the Savior of the World, let us remember that because of Jesus we have a wonderful counselor. Jesus promised when He left this earth to leave us with a comforter, a wise counselor; the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. Because of Christmas, if you are in Christ, you have the Holy Spirit inside of you, directing you and guiding you in a way that even Isaiah could have only dreamed of. This unusual and stressful Christmas season may you listen closely to voice of the wonderful counselor trusting and resting in the wisdom and direction that only He can provide.