Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
(The Advent:Faces within the Christmas Story.)
Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
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 (MSG)
For a child has been born – for us! the gift of a son – for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness.
“For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” -AMPLIFIED
Seven hundred years before the birth of Christ we find Isaiah prophesying of His coming. This is just a gentle reminder from the Almighty that the plan that He had in place was in the process and it would soon come about. (Remember: His thoughts and ways are far above ours.)
Isaiah spoke of the coming Child in a time that was wrought with gloom, sadness and hopelessness. God spoke through Isaiah that He would restore the hope, glory and peace of Israel and it would be done through a little Child. (See Isaiah 9 in its entirety.)
The Voice Version conveys the beauty and wonder of this passage in such a special way:
“Hope of all hopes, dream of our dreams, a child is born, sweet-breathed; a son is given to us: a living gift. And even now, with tiny features and dewy hair, He is great. The power of leadership, and the weight of authority, will rest on His shoulders. His name? His name we’ll know in many ways—He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Dear Father everlasting, ever-present never-failing, Master of Wholeness, Prince of Peace. His leadership will bring such prosperity as you’ve never seen before—sustainable peace for all time. This child: God’s promise to David—a throne forever, among us, to restore sound leadership that cannot be perverted or shaken. He will ensure justice without fail and absolute equity. Always. The intense passion of the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, will carry this to completion.” -Isiah 9:6-7 (VOICE)
This Child, the Promised One, was God’s gift to mankind. What an amazing, marvelous, incredible gift He was too. God spoke to Isaiah that this child would be known as Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, and Prince of Peace. Have you ever stopped to consider that each part of the Trinity is addressed in those titles of the Child?
Wonderful Counselor– This Child would be our “Wise King”; knowing what was in a man’s heart without being told. “He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.” (John 2:25 NIV) This Child had all wisdom and knowledge available to Him. “God has hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in Christ.” (Colossians 2:3 GW)
Mighty God– This title is a declaration to the fact that this Child would be God Almighty. He would be God-man. The Hebrew word for mighty is gibbowr. Strong’s Concordance defines gibbowr when used as a noun as powerful, warrior; when used as an adjective it means strong or mighty. Can you grasp what is being conveyed in this passage? This Child would be both God and man and He would fight for what He stood for and for whom He loved.
Everlasting Father- He is the Eternal Authority figure. “Before the mountains were born or before You had given birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are [the eternal] God.” (Psalm 90:2 AMP)He will be our Forever Father and because He is our Father He loves us and takes care of us.
Prince of Peace– The Prince, the Son of a King, would be a leader, chief overseer or representative of the people. In Hebrew “peace” is “shalom”; which translates to completeness, soundness, welfare, or peace. So we could look at this title to mean that this Child would be the chief overseer of our welfare and our peace. “Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” (John 14:27 AMP)
May we know and understand how this little Child would be our All-in-All. He is our Wonderful Counselor, our Mighty God, our Everlasting Father and our Prince of Peace.
Jesus, you came to be my All-in-All. I can look to you for everything that I need and know that you are already taking care of the answer. You are my Wonderful Counselor. You are my Mighty God; a warrior that I can trust in. You are my Everlasting, Eternal Father; loving and caring for me. You are my Prince of Peace. Fill me with your perfect peace and calm in every situation, I pray. How truly marvelous you are; the God who stooped down and became man so you could walk where I have walked and experience exactly what I have experienced. You did this so you would know exactly what I would need. You are my Amazing God!