December 19: Loving, Wonderful Counselor, Advent Day 23

Read Daniel 2:1-49

And He will be called Wonderful Counselor . . .” (Is. 9:6).

Nebuchadnezzar was troubled in his spirit, so he sought wise counsel. He called together a sampling of “the wise men of Babylon” (v. 14) in order to get their insights.

What would you have done? Upon whom would you have called? To whom would you have turned? All of us have those “go-to people” in our lives. They are those whose wisdom or expertise exceeds our own. Perhaps they are different people depending upon the nature of the situation. But, like Nebuchadnezzar, we all have those that we call, visit, or write to. We look to them for wisdom and counsel.

The magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and the astrologers were more than troubled . . . they were in trouble! Unable to provide the answers Nebuchadnezzar was looking for, their lives were on the line. They ran the risk of being cut into little pieces and having their houses turned into piles of rubble. (See v. 5.) All they did, however, was complain about how unreasonable the request was. They didn’t turn to anyone else.

Have you ever forgotten that you have One to whom you can turn who possesses infinite wisdom? He is One who is a Wonderful Counselor. And He loves us.

Daniel didn’t forget. When given the opportunity to provide the dream and the meaning to Nebuchadnezzar, he didn’t go to the public library or surf the internet to find the latest resources on dream-interpretation. Instead, Daniel and his friends pled with the God of heaven, the Possessor of wisdom, and the Revealer of mysteries. Just as we should, they turned to the Wonderful Counselor whom they knew loved them.

This One whose birth we celebrate is our Wonderful Counselor who loves us. “He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him” (vv. 21b, 22). Although He is physically absent from us today, the Christ of Christmas¬†makes His wise counsel available to us through His Word and through His Spirit who dwells within His followers. (See Jn. 14:16,17.)

What counsel do you need today? Turn to the Wonderful Counselor who loves you, the Christ of Christmas, for it.


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