What comes to mind when you think about God? It’s a simple yet revealing question. Unless it’s the Christmas season, most of us don’t think about Jesus being born, but over the next few weeks we’re going to look at Isaiah 9:6 to see what this prophecy surrounding Jesus’ birth can teach us about the character of God.

Start Talking

  • Did you know God has different “names”? If yes, what is your favorite name of His and why?
  • Why were some of the names of God listed in the Isaiah 9:6 Prophecy? Why would it be helpful and encouraging?
  • If “Wonderful Counselor” is one of the names of Jesus, then we must need a counselor! As you think about this Christmas season, what would you say you need most?

Read This

Read Isaiah 9:1-9:6

  • What stands out to you?
  • What is going on in these verses?
  • Why did the people need hope?
  • Does the name “Wonderful Counselor” give you positive or negative feelings?
  • A good counselor listens, and then speaks. How do you personally hear from God?
  • Where in scripture do you see Jesus showing himself as a wonderful counselor?

Read Luke 2, the “Christmas Story.” As you read it, consider that this baby is who is being prophesied about in Isaiah.  Talk about how these verses and how they impact your current need for God.

What Now

  • If you have been to counseling you know there are a few things that help it be a success! Our ideas for this are below. Which of the four below are most difficult for you when it comes to your relationship with God?
    • Being brutally honest with the counselor
    • Listening to the counselors voice
    • Doing what the counselor tells you to do
  • If we really believe God is a Wonderful Counselor, we must believe he wants to help us (Matthew 11:28-30)! What is God currently telling you? Where are you specifically wrestling with Him?
  • Consider writing this down and putting it somewhere you can see it this week!

As the Wonderful Counselor, he has the best ideas and strategies. Let’s follow him.
As the Mighty God, he defeats his enemies easily. Let’s hide behind him.
As the Everlasting Father, he loves us endlessly. Let’s enjoy him.
As the Prince of Peace, he reconciles us while we are still his enemies. Let’s welcome his dominion.
Ray Ortlund