By Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon
“You saying I need counseling?”
“I think everybody needs counseling.”
If you’ve seen the movie Fireproof, you might remember that conversation in which Michael offers Caleb marriage advice. He gives an analogy comparing a woman to a rose. When Caleb asks where he got that illustration, Michael replies with a smile, “Counseling.” It’s a humorous conversation, but it rings true.
Everyone does need counseling.
While many of us have benefitted greatly from the advice of professionals, even those who don’t “see a counselor” need counsel.
Not one of us is an island. We need others – to ask us questions and to share their insights with us, pointing out things we can’t see on our own. We need the experience of those further down the road. We need fresh perspectives on situations to which we’ve grown accustomed. We need people who will point us back to Jesus.
As much as we need human counsel, however, our greater need is for divine direction.
Lately I’ve been pondering Counselor as one of God’s names (Isaiah 9:6).
As He did with Job, God asks us questions, not so He can understand our situation, but to help us see what He sees.
Unlike a human counselor, Jesus is not limited by humanity. He never misunderstands. He’s never at a loss for words. He never gives unhelpful advice.
His counsel first and foremost is an invitation to come near His heart.
In the New Testament, when God is called our Counselor (Helper or Advocate in some Bible translations), the word carries the connotation of drawing to one’s side for the purpose of giving aid.
That picture thrills my soul. He wants us to be close to Him. He desires to help us.
God’s counsel is infinitely wise, and is accompanied by limitless power. He doesn’t merely tell us what we need to do. He offers to do it through us as we abide in Him.
God as our Counselor means we have a listening ear, an understanding heart, a wise Advisor, a powerful Helper and ultimately, a Friend that sticks closer than a brother.
So, my friend, do you need counsel today?*
I sure do.
I’ve been complaining to Him lately about some things in my life that are uncomfortable, that I just wish He’d change. As we’ve talked, however, He’s counseled me to rest in Him right where I am. To let Him change me in the midst of these circumstances, so that my heart is okay – even if He doesn’t change the situation. To trust that His heart is kind and His plans for me are good.
How about you? What has your Counselor said to you lately? Please leave a comment below – I’d love to hear!
*In case you’re wondering how to hear from this Counselor, here’s what I’ve learned:
- The Bible – The very Word of our God, the Bible reveals our Savior’s heart. From beginning to end, It offers the wisdom we seek.
- Prayer – More than going over a list of things we want from God, prayer is a way to connect with His heart. It is both talking and listening for His voice. So many times, God has spoken to me during prayer. I’ve heard Him, not with my ears, but deep within my soul. I love recording these conversations in a journal.
- The Holy Spirit – Those who belong to Christ are indwelt by the Spirit of God. Jesus assured His disciples that the Spirit would teach them and remind them of the truth (John 14:26).
- Other Christians – God has given us each other. Just as iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17), so we can help and encourage one another.