After waiting hundreds of years, the promised Messiah finally arrived in the darkest of times.
Unrest, fear, and death would adequately describe the time in history God chose to fulfill His 700-year-old promise to the Jews and give them their much-awaited Savior.
I’m reminded when reading Isaiah that God does His best work in the darkest of times because that’s when His children can see Him best.
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death; a light has dawned.” – Isaiah 9:1
And in that darkness, His light shines the brightest as He calls out to His children and says, “Look up! I am with you! You have not been forsaken or forgotten! I am God, the One who keeps His promises…”
“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.” – Isaiah 9:6
And I wonder if we, like the Jews in Isaiah’s time, need to look up once again and be reminded who this much awaited Savior is….
He is our Wonderful Counselor-
He is the One we are to run to for advice, wisdom, and insight. He is all knowing, exceptional in every way and knows everything about us. He understands our weaknesses, fears, and failures. Yet in spite of them, never leaves us. He is committed to the end. He is the creator of wisdom, and there is no one like Him.
He has no peers.
He is Mighty God-
He is God.
The beginning of all things and the end of all things rest in Him. Nothing is too much for Him to handle.
He is strong enough to break down the toughest of barriers and hardest of hearts, yet He’s tender like a lamb.
Storms cease to exist at His command and ocean waters part.
He came to us as an innocent child but now lives as our Almighty Redeemer… our Mighty God.
He is our Everlasting Father-
He is our Father who never leaves us or abandons us. He is timeless, and His love never ends. He is in it for the long haul so despite what our earthly father may be like, God is our Everlasting Father, the One who stays the course, never gives up on us and whose love is not conditional.
He is our Prince of Peace-
He is our peace. Though our world may live in chaos, we find our peace in Him.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. – John 14:27
Friend, I know some of you are carrying burdens that are draining the life out of you. You are hurting physically and emotionally and just want it all to stop. Others of you are prisoners living in self-made cells of fear, and you just want to be set free and live a day in peace. Others of you are on a journey seeking wisdom…
Today I want you to be reminded of this:
Over two thousand years ago, God gave us His son. He gave us Himself.
Wrapped in humility, love, and hope, He became the perfect gift to our hurting world.
So for those seeking wisdom, He is Wonderful Counselor.
For those carrying heavy burdens and pain, He is Mighty God.
For those suffering from rejection, abuse, and who feel unloved, He is Everlasting Father.
For those living in fear and uncertainty, He is Prince of Peace.
Friend, this Christmas take time to pause and look up. Your greatest gift has already been given, and His name is Jesus.
Love God Greatly!
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