Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Christmas Names of Jesus: Wonderful Counselor

by Danetta Kellar

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32, HCSB

There’s nothing like the truth to make me mad. 

Throughout my life, God has sent many truth-speakers to me. They have come in various forms, some like sugar cubes, some like hammers. Some have been strangers and others have been true friends. A few have even been enemies.

And almost every time the truth was offered up to me, no matter its manner, I tried to smile on the outside while brimming over with frustration and resistance on the inside. The truth challenges my comfort. It pushes on walls I have built, and threatens to change the landscape of my heart and life. 

Truth demands I see people. 

Truth makes me evaluate my smug opinions and think harder, differently, from angles I have not previously considered. Truth is, after all, a stone that makes men stumble and a rock that makes men fall, a double-edged sword so sharp that it can divide bone from marrow. (See Romans 9:33 and Hebrews 4:12)

But despite my inner resistance to truth, I hunger for it like a starving child. 

And it has grown me into the person I am today, and will continue to grow me until I stand face to face with Truth Himself one day in heaven.

Truth is the heart of wise counsel, and truth sets captives free to move beyond trauma, abuse, abandonment, and loss.

One of my favorite Christmas names of Jesus is Wonderful Counselor.  

As a follower of the Messiah, I have a counselor at the ready every moment. He walks with me, talks with me, and tells me things about myself I cannot see on my own. He knows who I was destined to be, for He created me. He calls me up higher and higher toward the purpose for which I was made. The love of the Wonderful Counselor leads me toward the best me I can be.

This Christmas, think on the counsel you allow into your life. 

Is it founded in the wisdom and counsel of the Wonderful Counselor, Jesus Christ? Eliminate any counsel that is not, for that counsel does not know you, did not make you, does not see your future. But Jesus does. And he will always, for the rest of your life, lead you toward the truth that sets men and women free.

Dear Wonderful Counselor, lead me in truth this Christmas season and shape me into who I am destined to be. Amen.