Fall is my favorite time of the year. So much happens in the fall and the time seems to fly by so quickly, too quickly for me.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now the Christmas Season is officially here.
Homes and offices are adorned with trees and twinkling lights. KSBJ is playing Christmas music. Children’s faces are aglow with excitement and anticipation… yes, Christmas is in the air!
During this busy time it is easy to get caught up in all the activity and forget the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
During December we are going to “camp” on one verse.Each week in our devotional blog we will take one of the names given to the Christ Child in Isaiah 9:6 and explore the meaning.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon His shoulder,
and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father (of Eternity), Prince of Peace.”
From an internet search I found this: According to Skip Moen, Wonderful Counselor in Hebrew is Pele-Yoez. Moen states “What is pele-yoez? The answer, of course, is that Pele-yoez is His name! We have read this verse in translation so long that we don’t realize that Isaiah is telling us the name of the child, not the translated meaning of the child’s name.” He also says “…naming is not just a random act of selection in the ancient world. To name something is to designate its true essence.”
I love that! The “true essence” of His character is found in His name.
In his book, The Names of God, George W. Knight says this about Counselor, as used in Isa. 9:6. “Counselor is one of the most significant titles of God the Son in the Bible. The word counsel refers to guidance, advice, or instruction…We can depend on Jesus, our wise Counselor, to always provide us with good instruction.”
Wycliffe’s Bible Commentary says “He will rule God’s kingdom with God’s authority. He will be a Wonder of a Counselor. That is, as a person of two distinct natures – God and man – he will truly be a wonder from Jehovah; and as the One who alone has the words of eternal life, he will be a counselor like none other.”
When I put all these things together I am in awe of the two words, Wonderful Counselor.
I see the essence of His character in His name. All that I need is found in His wise counsel. When I am seeking and listening to Him, His wise counsel will lead me in the way I should go. I never need to fear making a mistake or choosing something outside His will.
Father, as this time to celebrate Your Son’s birth is here, may I focus on the true meaning of the season, not the sights and sounds that compete for my attention. May I always remember that Jesus is truly a Wonder of a Counselor, worthy of all praise, glory and adoration. Amen.