“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6)
The prophet Isaiah called the coming Christ “the Wonderful Counselor.” All people have pain and struggles. Jesus understands the human soul. He knows what we are going through. We can come to His throne boldly to obtain mercy and to find grace to help in time of need. We can trust Him to listen to our problems and guide us in the right direction. Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor. He brings consolation through the power and love in His own life but also today through the Holy Spirit, who is called the Counselor in John 14:26.
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (Jn 14:26 RSV)
The Holy Spirit is our own personal counselor dwelling within us. The Holy Spirit teaches us and reminds us God’s teachings and all the works and wonders of God. The Holy Spirit fills our lives with God’s love and gives comfort, joy, and contentment. Other than the Counselor, the Holy Spirit is also called the comforter, the oil of joy, and living water.
Jesus engaged the Samaritan woman at the well in personal conversation and shared with her the important teachings of living water and true worship. Even though Jesus was physically thirsty at the well, He focused on her deeper thirst. He understood her past sin and shame, and her true needs. He connected her with God’s grace and love. Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor.
As the Samaritan woman was skeptical at first when Jesus told her about living water, some of us today do not yet recognize the works and functions of the Holy Spirit. Thus, we lack the importunity to pursue receiving the Holy Spirit, nor the desire for further pursuing the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Not knowing that the Holy Spirit is the most important gift God ever gives us. The Holy Spirit is our personal helper and counselor.
How do we get counsel from Jesus? We can find His counsel in His Word, the Bible. We can follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as the Spirit of truth will guide us into all truth (Jn 16:13). His comfort and counsel bring joy and peace in turmoil.