Today's scripture: Isaiah 9:6
As I've done for the last few years, in these few days leading to the day we
celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, I’m going to focus on four attributes of
our Savior as described by the prophet Isaiah.
Today, we read about our Wonderful
If you read the King James or New King James versions, the words “Wonderful”
and “Counselor” are separated by a comma as if they’re two separate attributes
of our Savior. But, while He is certainly wonderful, I believe the New International Version and New American Standard translations are
more accurate: Our Lord Jesus is a Wonderful Counselor.
But I wonder. Of all the attributes of our Savior Isaiah could have chosen, why
begin with this one?
I can’t say for sure, but I wonder if it’s because we have a need to know that
our Lord and Savior truly understands. Even though He is fully God, which we’ll
talk about tomorrow, when He came to earth, He was fully human. And in being
so, He experienced the same pain and temptation and weariness we do.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us: “For 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).
So He can provide counsel, comfort, and peace to us.
I don’t know about you, but this attribute gives me great joy—and lifts my
burdens. For I can kneel at the feet of my Lord Jesus and share whatever is on
my heart and mind. And my Wonderful Counselor will listen and, through the Word
of the Father, will sooth my soul.
Join me tomorrow as we look at the next of Jesus’ attributes: Mighty God.