The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined......For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end,
I came across these verses in Isaiah 9 during my daily reading this past week. A clear prophesy of Jesus long before He as born. Yet, how many times do we just read over verses like this and not take the time to meditate on them and what they mean. So I decided to look up each word describing Jesus and then put the phrases back together to see if we can get a clearer picture of our awesome God. Then, I chose the terms that meant the most to me, but you may choose different terms to define each descriptor. They are all correct, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves of certain attributes of God, attributes that we really need to lean on in our present circumstances. Which terms would you use to describe each attribute of God? And what do they mean to you?
Mighty: Strong, all-powerful, tremendous, exceptional, enormous, tremendous, superior
God: Supreme being, Creator of all things, Eternal Spritual Diety
Mighty God: All-powerful, eternal Diety (Nothing He can't do!)
Wonderful: awesome, wondrous, miraculous, prodigious, astonishing, amazing, astounding, phenomenal, unique, causing wonder, marvelous, lovely, admirable, magnificent, enjoyable.
Counselor: Advisor, Mentor, Advocate, instructor, teacher, guide
Wonderful Counselor = Astonishing guide (He leads me on an astonishing journey!)
Prince: a soverign, a ruler, royalty
Peace: Harmony, freedom from strife or dissention, serenity, tranquility, untroubled, quietness, wellness, calm, ease, order, contentment
Prince of Peace = Soverign of contentment (He is the author of contentment. Without Him, we will never be content!)
And my personal favorite!
Everlasting: Eternal, forever, no end, ageless, constant, enduring, unceasing, imperishable, immortal, continual, durable
Father: Protector, provider, person who cares for someone else, Daddy
Everlasting Father: Eternal protector (He never leaves me. He's always watching out for me!)
I hope you take some moments to ponder these attributes of God and apply them to your own heart, and your own life.