Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Counselors were a very important part of a king’s entourage in the Old Testament. Every palace would have a royal counselor who would serve as personal adviser to the king. They would guide the way in navigating difficult decisions through wisdom and discernment. In 2 Samuel we read, ‘Now in those days the counsel that Ahithophel gave was as if one consulted the word of God; so was all the counsel of Ahithophel esteemed, both by David and by Absalom’. But even though the counsel of men was relied upon heavily by David, he would later exclaim, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law… Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.” The LORD was David’s Wonderful Counselor.
The only other time we read of the name Wonderful is in Judges 13 when the angel of the Lord came to the wife of Manoah to tell her that she would bear a son (Samson) who would begin to save Israel from the hand of the philistines. The second time the angel appeared, Manoah asked, “what is your name, so that when your words come true, we may honor you?”. The angel of the Lord replied, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?”.
Isaiah 2829 reminds us, ‘This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom’. The Lord truly is our Wonderful Counselor; all we have to do is call on His Name. He will guide us by His word through every situation and circumstance that we face. Nothing is too big for Him; nothing is too small for Him. Trust Him with everything and believe Him when He says, “I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder.” (Isa2914)