By David Baudoin
As a child, I thought the holiday season was magical, with the anticipation of gifts, the family gatherings and the expectation of more celebrations a week away as we welcomed a new year. Today as a parent, a pastor and a counselor I’m aware that not everyone has magical holiday memories, and there is much more going on in our world that can overshadow the gifts, the gatherings and excitement over another year with no promise of it being any better than the last.
When I think about the awesomeness of God and all of His attributes, the thing that amazes me most is, He provided for us what we needed before we knew we needed it. A scripture that ends up in Christmas sermons and greeting cards is found in the book of Isaiah, as the prophet clues us in to the fact that our Savior is exactly who we need Him to be.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6
I know some great counselors, but when Jesus the Wonderful Counselor offers you a session, it goes beyond what any of them can offer. Throughout the Gospels we see Jesus giving wisdom and guidance to those who desperately needed it, and nothing has changed. The wisdom of God and the will of God is found in the Word of God. David writes in Psalm 119, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
It’s one thing to be a wonderful counselor but to combine that with the accolade of also being a Mighty God puts Jesus in a different category. There’s an open invitation for ANYONE, going through ANYTHING: God says, “I’ll be mighty for you. I’ll give you My strength, if you want it.”
There seems to be so much trouble in life, but I think our Mighty God would do for us what He did for the disciples in Mark 6, when He spoke “peace be still.” Those three words brought peace and calm and dispelled a lot of fear that day, but it didn’t happen until Jesus got into the boat. Let Him in to your storm, whatever that may be for you. The disciples had done all the rowing they could, they were at the end of what they could do; they weren’t lazy, but like us they were limited. Let the limitless God bring peace to your storm.
Maybe you’re not sure He wants to be those things for you. The prophet Isaiah took care of those concerns when He prophesied that Jesus would also be our Everlasting Father—quite a name for a newborn baby, but remember, God sees who we are created to be, despite who we are today. We can lean upon the guidance of Jesus as our wonderful counselor, trust in the power of our mighty God to bring peace in the middle of our storm and take comfort in Him as our Everlasting Father.
Many people lack good memories when they hear the term “father,” and maybe the one you had was more temporary than everlasting, but know this—God will be there forever, and he will not follow the pattern of brokenness that so many fathers pass on to their children.
As if all this wasn’t enough, the Prophet Isaiah wraps it all up with a bow called peace. Isaiah said that Jesus is our Prince of Peace. He doesn’t just bring peace, He is PEACE! Galatians 4:4 says the first Christmas was marked by the perfect timing of God. I believe this is your time. Seek the Savior, clear the cultural clutter, and allow Christ to give you peace.
Pastoring for 25 years, David has walked through hundreds of trials with families. His wisdom and down-to-earth approach make clients feel comfortable early in the counseling relationship, thus making each session more productive. David is a licensed minister with biblical knowledge and the ability to apply it in daily life, offering clients real hope in every situation. Married to Tara for 15 years, he has raised a stepdaughter (21), and is now parenting two daughters (9 and 11).