For a child will be born for us,
a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (CSB)
Today, we mark the first week of Advent, a season of expectant waiting and longing for Christ to come again as we celebrate His first coming. Perhaps more than ever, we feel the ache of wanting God to make all things right again, so let’s let the words of this familiar passage marinate in our hearts.
Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor. When we are in despair from the overwhelming pain of this year, we remember that God is Healer and Counselor. He is both the One who helps us and the very balm we need for our broken hearts, our fragile minds, and our bruised bodies.
Jesus is our Mighty God. When we are taken advantage of, when we feel powerless, God is our strength and our defender. No can stand against His powerful name.
Jesus is our Eternal Father. When we feel unloved — particularly during this holiday season, we remember that God is our loving Father. He has known us from before He created the world and knows where we are headed. He cares about each moment and every part of our lives.
Jesus is our Prince of Peace. When fear and anxiety rule our hearts, He is still the giver of peace. He Himself is Peace and dwells within us through the Holy Spirit. Find rest in Him.
Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.Leave a Comment
Ann Woleben says
Your writing brings a sense of peace in extremely troubled times. While I know all of this to be true, there are days when it is difficult to remember the One who is in charge. Thank you.
Reading the succinct little expositions beside each title ascribed to the Lord Jesus for some reason had a profound effect on me this morning. In my head I know all these things but I guess today they reached my heart. Thank you for not shying away from repeating these great truths; today they were a lifeline to me.
Amen! Thank you for your reassuring words!
I LOVE this verse! It expresses the very essence of who Jesus is, His identity as God and Man.
Beth Williams says
This year has been a very tumultuous one to say the least. In the midst of it all God was & is there for us. He is the only one to give us true peace of heart, mind & soul. Our country needs an advent season where we slow down long enough to meditate on & talk with Jesus. He alone can sustain us & see us THROUGH this valley of shadow of death that is 2020. Asking God to comfort everyone this season & give them a sense of calm. May we all have a blessed advent season celebrating with family & especially Jesus Christ. Come Lord Jesus come!!