TFTW | Wonderful Counselor
January 1, 2013
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” — Isaiah 9:6 (NASB)
So many people I know are either seeking a counselor or doing a course on counseling. People of all ages are hurting or in some kind of trouble. Because of sin, everyone is desperately in need of help.
Confused and troubled people scramble to anyone who offers some relief. But alas, such help is only temporary.
Amongst the many recorded names of Jesus is “Wonderful Counselor”. What is Jesus’ therapy as wonderful counselor?
Generally, a good, Christian counselor should be able to analyze and sympathize with the problem of the counselee. “And we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
From the very beginning, with Cain and Abel there were relationship problems. For many, that is still our biggest struggle. It could be relationships between parents, siblings, couples or singles. It could be between friends or colleagues.
In the life of Christ, there were many who came to Him for all kinds of help. Some examples of counseling He was involved in were: the grief of a synagogue official, medical counseling with woman with a haemorrhage, a problem of forgiveness when Peter asked how many times to forgive someone. There were also questions concerning divorce, and about handling property and financial matters. The disciples also went to Him concerning hierarchy.
Of course, Jesus has foreknowledge of what we are going through, because He is God. But we must also establish that this wonderful counselor’s answers come from one source — the Word of God.
Some will object, “but Jesus is not with us today!” True, He may not be with us physically. But note His promise. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:16)
What kind of problems are you facing, that you in need of a helper? Yes, it is wonderful to have someone to talk to, openly and honestly. That is important. But not many have found such ones. Yet, we have the BEST person to talk to, that many have failed to go to…and that is Jesus.
Going to someone to seek advice is not wrong. But Christians have been invited at all times to seek the Lord. We do so through reading His Word which provides answers to our lives problems. We pray to Him for wisdom, guidance and strength to pursue life to the fullest.
In this last day of the year, thank the Lord that He has given us this Wonderful Counselor who is with us always. As the hymn goes,
“Take the name of Jesus with you,
Child of sorrow and of woe;
It will joy and comfort give you,
Take it then where’er you go.”
Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.