“The Church is constantly tempted to accept this world as her home . . . but if she is wise she will consider that she stands in the valley between the mountain peaks of eternity past and the eternity to come. The past is gone forever and the present is passing as swift as the shadow on the sundial . . . Even if the earth should continue a million years not one of us could stay and enjoy it. We do well to think of the long tomorrow.”
Tozer was writing about the Christianity he observed in the years before the assassination of President Kennedy. It is shocking to see how relevant his observations continue to be of the church in America today.
In fact, I wonder if Tozer wouldn’t have a heart attack if he saw the lazy, superficial, feelings-oriented, smarmy, and unbiblical approach to much of what passes for Christian discipleship today. O how we need to hear his Christ-entranced voice today!
“Evangelicalism as we know it today . . . does produce some real Christians . . . but the spiritual climate into which many modern Christians are born does not make for vigorous spiritual growth. Indeed, the whole evangelical world is to a large extent unfavorable to healthy Christianity. . . . We are making converts of an effete type of Christianity that bears little resemblance to that of the New Testament. The average so-called Bible Christian in our times is but a wretched parody of true sainthood. Yet we put millions of dollars behind movements to perpetuate this degenerate form of religion, and attack the man who dares challenge the wisdom of it.”
Some years ago, I was counseling with a man who was crushed in spirit. As we talked, it was becoming clear to me that he was living with a monster. He had neglected his wife for the duration of his marriage and now he was finding out that he created a monster with his neglect. She took delight in taking the knife and sticking it in his back and twisting it at every opportunity.
As I’m praying and listening to him, the Spirit of God began to call to my mind certain Scriptures that I thought applied to his situation. One of those verses was the Proverbs 21:9 “Better to dwell in the corner of a roof then to dwell in the house with a contentious woman.” I began to pursue the cross references in my Bible to study a little of that theme in Scripture.
“Does that describe the situation in your house tonight?” I asked.
“It sure does.” he said.
“You know that was written 3000 years ago. Don’t you think that the God who could so precisely put his finger on the situation in your home tonight, don’t you think that in the same book . . . If he could understand the problem 3000 years ago don’t you think that he understands the solution too and that in the same book that describes your problem He would also provide help to cope with and change the situation as well?
What does it mean that He is a “Wonderful Counselor?”
It means that He understands every intimate detail of our lives and that He can therefore guide us in every situation of life. He Knows everything about everything and that doesn’t leave anything out!
Men and women this is not Utopia!
This is a sin-infested world, where sinful people do terrible things to one another. And all of those terrible things leave scars–scars of body and scars of the soul.
But there is One who knows it all and is a Wonderful Counselor for every situation.
He knows your situation.
He knows your need.
He knows the end of the story.
And He knows how to get you there.
No trust in such a Wonderful Counselor is ever misplaced.
That’s one of the things that is so wonderful about Christmas.