Isaiah 9:2, 6 – “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light…6 For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us…And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor…”
Acclaimed therapist Carl Rogers laid out his philosophy for good therapy in a series of films titled: Three Approaches to Psychotherapy. Rogers states that good counselors ask themselves three questions: 1. Can I be genuine in my relationship with the client? 2. Will I find myself prizing this person? 3. Will I be able to understand the inner world of this person?
The author of Hebrews tells us that we do not have a high priest in Jesus Christ who cannot empathize with our weaknesses (Heb. 4:15). By Jesus taking on flesh, he was able to understand what it is like to be in our world and see things through our eyes. By becoming fully human, Jesus ‘can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also was beset with weakness (Heb. 5:2).’ Jesus was tempted like we are and is therefore able to aid us in our temptation (Heb. 2:18). Jesus knows what it is to be betrayed by a friend (Matt. 26:48-49). Jesus knows what it is to be questioned by relatives (John 7:5). Jesus knows what it is to be mocked and abused (Mark 15:19-20).
There is no counselor who can be more genuine with you then Jesus Christ. There is no counselor who prizes you more, having willingly come to take the punishment for your sins. There is no counselor who can better identify with anything that you are going through. Do you know Him as your Wonderful Counselor?
Holy Spirit, help me to remember that Jesus is the creator of all the laws of human nature and has fully entered human experience so that I might fully trust Him and His ways. Lord, help me to daily walk in the light of your truth as I seek your counsel. Amen.