I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying the holiday season. But even if you are not enjoying the season, The Lord wanted me to share some good news with you. He urged me to remind you that because of who He is and what He has done, we get to carry the good news into every holiday season and any of the off seasons we may experience as well. He gave me the following verse for you to carry with you in and for whatever the season may hold.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
He wanted me to remind you that by Jesus entering this world then, we get to experience more of Jesus in this world now. A Wonderful Counselor that can offer a handful of wisdom or helpful advice for the things on our plates, in our hearts, and on our minds. A Mighty God that is BIGGER than anything we may be facing. A Mighty God that has defeated death and grave and has risen with all power and the final say. A Mighty God that unearths every lie of the enemy and unmasks his every disguise. An Everlasting Father to those that may feel lost, lonely, abandoned, or unseen. An Everlasting Father for the one who may be grieving the loss of a loved one or awaiting the arrival of that special someone. The Everlasting Father is here. The Prince of Peace and One who can calm the storm of any anxious heart, soul, or mind. The One who can speak to the storms of our situations or circumstances.
Now, is that not good news? Is it not a beautiful reminder that the good news and word delivered then is still readily available to us and for us now?
See, the good news and gift we carry Sister does not have to begin and end during this time of year. It is a gift that keeps on giving and is always extended to us.
For to us a child is born; and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
In reading other translations of Isaiah 6:9, I love seeing the consistent use case and context of “to us” and “he will be” in scripture. Most other translations state, “to us” or “for us”; or “he will be” or “he shall be" in the text.
Nonetheless, whatever translation we may familiarize ourselves with, the good news is that a child born to us or for us holds steadfast. It was for our benefit. And he will be/shall be remains constant. He will be/shall be all that we need.
This is the good news we carry and can bring into the holiday or off days we may be facing. May we let it rest in our hearts, give it permission to interject itself into our close circles of family and friends, and allow it to hover over our situations and circumstances –now and long after the holiday season is over.
Because this good news carries hope and a promise of what Jesus has done to us and for us and who Jesus will be/shall be. All that we may need for each and every season. For the holidays and all the off days after. He is a Wonderful Counselor.
Prince of Peace.
And this is VERY good news.