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Do you have books that have been sitting on your bookshelf for years and yet remain unread? Years ago I bought a copy of Johnny Hart’s Loneliness is Rotting on a Bookrack, a collection of his B.C. cartoon strips. This post is not about that book, but I was reminded of that book when I picked up His Name is Wonderful from my bookshelf and began to read it. This small book, by Warren W. Wiersbe, has been “rotting” on my bookshelf for years. At a mere 101 pages, one would think that I would have read it by now. It’s copyright is 1978 and I think I’ve had it about that long. In any case I recently began reading it. It is based on the passage in Isaiah 9:

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The other night we watched the 50th Anniversary of the Carol Burnett show (this post will jump around a bit, do try and keep up). Watching that show reminded me of my youth and watching it with mom and dad. Afterwards, for the first time since her passing (nearly a year ago) I really missed her and shed tears thinking of those Saturday nights when we’d watch Carol Burnett together. We would laugh and giggle at the antics of Carol, Tim, Harvey & Vicki. There was real humor and true genius in their skits. For this pre-teen boy, that show was WONDERful.

Which brings me back to His Name is Wonderful—Wiersbe, in the chapter on wonder, remarks, Inane comedy has replaced humor, cheap amusement has replaced wholesome recreation, and propaganda has replaced truth (keep in mind this was written in 1976). TV comedies do not even begin to measure up to the wonder of Carol Burnett.

We have lost the sense of wonder, we boast about the quantity of our activity without admitting the lack of quality in our experience. Wiersbe contends that part of the reason we have lost our sense of wonder is that we’re living, if you please, on substitutes, that we put in place of God—the old-time term for this idolatry; not a term you’ll hear on CNN.

The glory of heaven is its wonder in Christ…unless I know something of His wonder, I can never come to Him for counsel, or for power, or for any other spiritual essential…He can make your life wonderful because His name is—Wonderful, Wiersbe concludes.

All the joy and wonderment of the Carol Burnett Show pales in comparison with knowing Christ. May we, this season, proclaim with the Apostle Paul, Whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ Philippians 3:7, 8. Rubbish, garbage dump—that’s how Jesus described hell when it called it Gehenna. Man, without Jesus, ceases to be man and ends up just a piece of junk, a cast-off thing, on an eternal garbage heap! Wiersbe.

May it not be so with us. May the the wonder of Christmas fill our souls this season and always!

His name is
WONDERFUL.
This takes care of the
dullness of life.
Thou art the God that
doest wonders…

Psalm 77:14

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