For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
– Isaiah 9:6 NASB
This is a promise given by God through the prophet Isaiah, who lived over seven hundred years before the promise would be fulfilled. That is, Isaiah lived in the late 8th and early 7th centuries B.C. – before Christ. This promise was part of a long-term commitment God had to save the world that had turned away from Him.
You probably recall hearing these words during Christmas season, for they are sung as part of Handel’s Messiah.
It is really quite amazing to think that the babe born in Bethlehem (the “child,” the “son”) would grow up to perform more miracles than ever performed by any other human being and to teach things like no other human has ever taught, then be crucified for his trouble, then be raised from the dead on the third day, then be taken up into heaven, then be seated at the right hand of God, and then finally take His seat on the throne once again as King of the universe. You see, He was only returning from whence He had come in the first place – for He was King of the universe long before He ever came to earth to be born as a human being.
Thus the “child,” who was a “son,” became “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” This was possible because the “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” had first become the “child,” the “son.” In other words, God had traveled full circle: from glory to humility and even humiliation, then back to glory – even greater glory because He had endured such humiliation. God is love.
This is the One whom you and I are going to serve today! He is the One who humbled Himself for our sakes. The least we can do in return is humble ourselves for His sake.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, God, and Father, open my eyes so I can see a little more today of all these things You are. Let me not take You for granted. Let me not think that any of these names are meaningless. Reveal more of Yourself to me this morning that I might reveal more of You to my world throughout this day…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.