Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What's In A Name? (Wonderful Counselor)

Shakespeare asked, "What's in a name"??? 


The answer: A LOT!!

I know when I was pregnant with each of my children, I spent hours pouring over Baby Name books.  I wanted to choose names with character; classic, but beautiful names that have stood the test of time. 

Was it any different for God?

Isaiah 9:6 says...
For to us a child is born,
       to us a son is given,
       and the government will be on his shoulders.
       And he will be called
       Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
       Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

For the next few days, I thought I would focus on these names as I prepare my heart to worship in a

special service this Sunday called "The Ultimate Gift".

(By the way, if you don't have a church home, I'd love to invite you to Cornerstone THIS SUNDAY DEC 21!! If you do have a home church and would like to just come and visit to hear some awesome Christmastime Worship, you are welcome as well!!  -- We're even online at these times, too! Visit www.exit137.org  for more info. )  





So today let's take a look at the name "Wonderful Counselor"...


Wonderful Counselor in the Hebrew is translated pele' ya'ats.  Pele'means "beyond understanding; too wonderful for words".  Ya'atsmeans "to advise; to consult; to guide". 



According to Hebrews 4:15-16,  Jesus can counsel us because HE HAS BEEN WHERE WE ARE!!  Because of that fact, I can boldly approach him and get the help I need when I need it. (...Can I get an AMEN?!?!)
Luke 5:31-32 tells us that Jesus came for the sick.  We are not supposed to have it all together.  We never will.  We are flawed human beings as a result of the fall.  Our only hope is found in Jesus.  But we are not without responsibility.  First, we have to admit we are sick, and seek help.  Then, just like with any counselor, there are rules we must follow in order to get the most Jesus has to offer:
  1. Be brutally honest with your Counselor. Just like the Woman at the Well, we cannot hide anything from Jesus, if we truly want him to heal us.  "Because of her honesty, Jesus was able to reveal who He is, and who He should be in her life" (Craig Groeschel).
  2. Learn to LISTEN to the Counselor's voice.  In Mark 9:7, Peter, James, and John audibly heard the voice of God.  John 10:27 reminds us that His sheep listen to His voice.  How does He speak?  Through His Word, through a sermon, through a song, and through our circumstances.  We should recognize His voice as easily as a child recognizes his father's voice.
  3. Do what the Counselor tells you to do. Even if it doesn't make sense.  The Bible in says that the Rich Young Man in Mark 10, went away sad because he refused to listen to Jesus' instruction.  This is particularly troublesome because he, in fact, was the one who came to Jesus with a question, but then did not have the guts to follow through.  He was sick. Sick with the disease of materialism.  Jesus knew this, and loved him anyway!  But then he told the young man something he did not want to hear.  Aren't we just like that?  We are all about seeking help and finding answers until someone tells us something we don't want to hear. (Even if it IS the truth!) 
Jesus, I praise you!! 

Thank you for being my WONDERFUL COUNSELOR!! 

I love that You can guide me because You have been where I am.  Thank you that because You understand me like no one else, I can approach Your throne of grace with confidence that You will hear me...help me...heal me!  Teach me how to listen to Your voice, Sweet Savior...help me to recognize it like none other.  And give me the strength and courage to do what You say.  

Amen.

(Disclaimer: Much of this reflection was based on a sermon I heard years ago by Pastor Craig Groeschel.)

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