When peace finally came upon the reign of David, the first thing David wanted to do was to build a fitting house for God. How magnificent was the temple in David’s mind! How appropriate would it be for David, who defeated many enemies of God’s people, to build a temple to glorify His name! So intuitively good was the idea, that prophet Nathan didn’t even bother to ask for God’s approval. But God had a different view. God told David, “You shall not build a house for my name”.
“As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him.” (Psalms 103:13)
The third title for the coming Christ given to the prophet Isaiah is Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus is the Everlasting Father. He has compassion for us as a father has compassion for his children. He listens with compassion to all our pain, fears, complaints, and prayers. Under His care, His protection, and His provision, we are safe and will be gratified for eternity.
“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.
I’ve known Megan since 7th grade. She knew I went to True Jesus Church and that services were on Saturday, but that was all I ever shared with her. Evangelizing to her never crossed my mind because religion rarely crept into our conversations. It wasn’t until my dad asked if I wanted to bring her to a Friday hymnal praise night that I actually did. We learned in RE class that arguably the most effective type of evangelizing is personal evangelism; from friend to friend, family to family. I realized I was very lukewarm in my faith and easily forgot Jesus’ Great Commission in the calm rhythm of daily life.
Since entering the workforce, I’ve found it harder to find opportunities to preach. This is probably a common feeling for those who have recently transitioned from student life to the working world. However, I’ve realized that the opportunities are still there – one may just need to look harder.
When I first started at my job, I was asked to join the building’s disaster/emergency evacuation team. It wasn’t something I was excited about since it was on top of all my other day-to-day job duties. The team met consistently for a period of about half a year and through it, I met some people in other departments. Another girl and I clicked, probably since we both dreaded attending those meetings. When our team went on a hiatus, we decided to schedule time every couple weeks to take breaks together and catch up. She was the one who always initiated the scheduling since I usually got wrapped up in work and would forget.