…And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6
The term “Wonderful Counselor” also refers to the counsel of a king. In Micah 4:9, the prophet asks, “Now why dost thou cry out aloud? Is there no king in thee? Is thy counselor perished? For pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail,” thus equating the king with the counselor. He’s dealing here with the wise counsel of a king—counsel backed up with power.
Now, the Hebrew word translated “wonderful” (פּלא – Pele) actually means “mighty acts and deeds, miraculous works.” Therefore, this is talking about miracle-producing counsel that comes from a king, and that king can only be the Lord, because He’s the only One that gives you inward counsel that produces miracles on the outside.
For example, only the Lord could have told Moses, “Take your shepherd’s rod, go to Pharaoh, and wield that rod before him and there would be miracles.” Only the counsel of the Lord could have instructed him, “Hold that rod in your hand, stand before the rock, strike it, and water will come out.” Ordinarily, these counsels don’t seem to make sense, but the Bible says where the word of a king is there is power (Ecclesiastes 8:4), and we’re talking about the counsel of not just any king, but the King of kings!
He was the same One that gave Isaac the miracle-producing counsel at a time of famine. Following a prolonged dry season all over the land of Canaan, everyone was fleeing to Egypt. Isaac too was about to flee to Egypt when he received counsel to stay in Gerar (read Genesis 26:3-4).
Isaac obeyed, and in line with the divine counsel he received, every time Isaac dug a well, in spite of the drought, he struck water. The people couldn’t understand it. In the midst of severe famine and drought, the Bible says Isaac “…waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great” (Genesis 26:12-13). How inspiring!
The counsel to Moses and Isaac, alluded to in our study today came from the Lord; otherwise, they’d have failed woefully and resulted in utter disaster! You can trust the Holy Spirit, to instruct you from within, and give you miracle-producing counsel. He’s your “Extraordinary Strategist.” When He tells you to do something, it may sound illogical, but it’ll bring forth outstanding results. Receive His counsels and you’ll have direction.
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Thank you blessed Holy Spirit for granting me counsel and direction from within, to function with such extraordinary wisdom that the adversary can’t withstand or gainsay. I win today and always, because I’m guided by the Extraordinary Strategist, who provides me miracle-producing counsels, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further study: Isaiah 11:2; Psalm 16:7; Isaiah 30:21