This season in particular I have been dwelling on Isaiah 9:6. I am not sure why this year that verse is resonating so clearly with my heart and my head but I am finding such joy and delight in coming back to it daily.
Earlier this week I shared a couple of thoughts on the Gift that was given as well as one of His Names. On this Friday I find that the word Counselor continues to draw me in. It pulls me close and settles me in the comfort of Him.
For many believers and especially the Baptists that I have been raised with, counseling is something on truly mental and/or highly narcissistic people take part in. Counseling was faux pas and not mentioned. I realized that counseling isn’t something to be whispered about or made to feel even less of for seeking out, but about being a healthier human and believer.
Isaiah points to God sending our first Counselor in the coming of Christ. He heralds that we will need a Counselor. One who will hear our cries of woe, understand our sorrow, yet bring healing to our hearts as He walks with us in it. I don’t know about you, but I think all of us need that. We desire someone that can know us at our deepest, to understand our hurt and pain, who is willing to walk with us in it and yet we put that burden onto a friend or spouse to carry.
While friends are often great sounding boards, amazing places to seek prayer and intercession, I have found they too have hurts they carry and don’t understand at the deepest level my heart. Only Christ does.
Not only were we given the gift of a Wonderful Counselor in Christ on earth with us, He then sends another one to be in us in the Holy Spirit. We had a Counselor who walked the trials, advised others, taught and led, who suffered and knows our deepest longings. He saw fit that we would need one within us to be a part of our lives at every moment. He knew we would need it before we did.
We I often do not like to admit I need help. It’s the flesh in me, and quite a bit of stubbornness too. I am a recovering Type A who is finding that reaching out for help isn’t about a weakness in me (that’s prideful) but about doing the most for Him and bringing glory to Him. When I allow the Spirit in, when I take my worries and fears, my stressors and my joys before Christ, it allows space to share, to know and to be known. He has said time and again that He will never leave me nor forsake me. That means He will also send others into my path, that He has provided ways and means for His glory to come about in my life and in the lives of others.
Seeking counsel in Him, with Him, and with a counselor allows for His wonderful plan to be cleared for my life. Knowing that we have the most wonderful Counselor of all, that He listens and He knows our struggles is something of true comfort, peace and joy. It brings us safely within Him.
I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength. Proverbs 8:14
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.