I am an amateur runner, which means I’m not winning any races with my speed. It never fails when running that I get a pebble or something in one of my shoes. It disrupts my concentration, and all I can think about is the tiny “something” bouncing around beneath my foot.
Life is a lot like this; it doesn’t take much to unseat our focus. In the book of Isaiah, chapter 9, God speaks to the Prophet about future events. He speaks of a day when gloom and anguish are no more, a time when a great light will dispel darkness. When that day comes all that has been lost will be redeemed!
Isaiah 9 reminds us of the promised Messiah who will pay the price for our sin and redeem mankind. (**Spoiler alert, He has come!) Christianity is not a self-help or how-to program; it is God’s way of making a straight path for us to have a relationship with Him and have our sin-debt removed.
God speaks of the future as the present. He simply reports the facts to us!
Isaiah gives four names to describe the one who will transition mankind from darkness into light. These are not proper names by which He will be called but define His character and nature. The more we understand about God, the deeper our faith grows. Our faith is built on the person of Jesus Christ, and by knowing who He is, we can pray bolder prayers and live a bold life.
“Wonderful Counselor” is literally translated as wonder-planner, wonder-working planner. The word “wonderful” comes from a Hebrew word that means miraculous. Jesus is a worker of miracles and intentional in what He does. Nothing is random or accidental. It also speaks to the precise detail of God’s plans.
#2 “Mighty God”
This term refers to His divinity and highlights His power. No matter how difficult your circumstance may be, He is greater! The word translated “mighty” is used in the Old Testament to describe a warrior or mighty leader who is victorious. He cannot be intimidated; He is mighty! Pray like God is mighty!
#3 “Everlasting Father”
This title has caused some confusion with some. If Jesus is the “Son of God” and “God’s one and only Son,” and distinguished in the Trinity as “the Son,” how is He called the everlasting Father? Shouldn’t He be called the “Everlasting Son?”
“15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:15-16
As God’s “firstborn” in faith, we become sons and daughters when we accept Jesus’ gift of salvation, making Jesus the Father of faith. Just as the patriarchs of the Old Testament were viewed as the Father of the covenant with God, Jesus is the Father of the new covenant purchased by His death and resurrection.
The idea of being the “Everlasting Father,” describes His eternal nature; no beginning and no end. This assures us that He will be with us for the totality of our life.
#4 “Prince of Peace”
As the Prince of Peace, He’s responsible for our peace. Peace implies an end to war. In spiritual terms, the war is over. He won the battle between sin and death with His resurrection. Salvation affords us with peace amidst the chaos. Nothing or no one can provide you with a lasting peace like the Prince of Peace.
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace…” 1 Corinthians 14:33
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” John 14:27
Some of the most torturous times in life are when there is no peace in your marriage, family, work or within yourself. When we keep our eyes on God and our mind in His word, we secure peace.
If you’re experiencing a lack of peace, check and see if your eyes are on God and your mind committed to His word. Don’t allow temporary things to interfere with eternal peace.
Reset your minds on God’s word and your eyes on God, not your circumstance and rest in God’s peace no matter your situation. May the nature and character of God deepen your faith and drive you to pray bold prayers and live a bold life of faith!