His name shall be called Counselor.
When people are in trouble, distress or pain, where they turn for help is some indication of their character, their condition of heart.
If a man is depressed, and he turns to the local bar for a bout of intoxication – that speaks to his character. There are people who turn to physic “readers” or fortune-tellers.
And sometimes, when someone has sinned, they will turn to a comforter – not to receive rebuke, but to be comforted in their sin. To be justified by excuses. When people are in trouble, distress or pain, where they turn for help is some indication of their character, their condition of heart.
To the Christian, Jesus Christ is our supreme Counselor. And there is something basic here. We need help; we need direction and guidance. Jeremiah said, “the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps,” (Jer. 10:23). Of course, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Rom. 3:23).
We need help, and not just anybody is qualified to counsel us. The fact that someone will listen to your questions doesn’t mean they know the right answers.
Education and experience doesn’t necessarily qualify someone to lead you in the decisions of life.
And, if a counselor always tells you exactly what you want to hear, that cannot be good for you.
Jesus Christ is perfectly and supremely qualified to be your Counselor and my Counselor. In Him “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,” (Col. 2:3). “…in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God … for in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted,” (Heb. 2:17-18).
He loves us with a perfect love and through His Word – we can be led out of sin, out of confusion, out of doubt – into fellowship with God.
He is the Wonderful Counselor of Isaiah. 9:6.