For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
I was reminded of this verse by a dear friend this last week. Of course I see this verse at Christmas time every year – in a card, in a song or on a Christmas decoration. But this year the verse has really struck me. I have finally listened to the actual words and it has brought joy and comfort to my soul.
Holidays are full of emotion. Sometimes they are wonderful emotions. It can be a time where the family gathers, traditions are completed, love is exchanged and memories are made. Other times holidays can be full of pain and turmoil. The loss of a loved one is heavy on your heart, feelings of hurt and pain rise, opinions are made known, sickness steals and frustrations surface. But as I think about this one verse, I am overwhelmed by the promise of what we were given on that miraculous night 2,000 years ago.
That night that Jesus was born, we were also given a….
A Wonderful Counselor:
Who hears us when we cry out:
1 John 5: 14-15
And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for:
Who is ready to give us the answers we so desperately want:
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you
Who will show you the way:
I am the way, the truth, and the life
A Mighty God:
Who has overcome the evils of the world:
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
Who understands our temptations and helps us overcome:
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
An Everlasting Father:
Who is a Father to the Fatherless or to those who don’t feel loved by their earthly father:
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows- this is God, whose dwelling is holy
Who loves us and made us His own:
1 John 3:1
See how very much our father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are!
Who will provide your every need:
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
(See also Matthew 6:19-34 and Matthew 7:7-11)
A Prince of Peace:
Who gives peace no matter what you are going through:
Don’t worry about anything: instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Who helps us to not be afraid:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Who takes our burdens and makes them light:
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at hear, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.
So this Christmas season as you celebrate the birth of our Savior, be reminded of four other precious gifts that were given to us that very night…
A Wonderful Counselor, A Mighty God, An Everlasting Father and A Prince of Peace.
Be Blessed this Christmas Season!~ Nathan and Dana
Hebrews 13:5-6, 8
“God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?’…. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”