Christmas - Peace - Day 9

Opening Prayer: 

Dear Lord, help us to examine this Scripture about the Prince of Peace, power and protection we have in You our King of Kings and Lord of Lords forever.  In Your name, amen.

 

Read: Isaiah 9:6-7 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.

 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”

 

Reflect: 

In preparation for writing this devotion I listened to the King’s College Choir of Cambridge (a young men’s choir for ages ranging from elementary through high school) sing the Scripture from Handel’s Messiah.  What a magnificent experience that was for me!  I could feel the power of this Scripture as the young men sang.  Over and over they repeat the fact that “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given”.  From this they move into the royal names for Jesus: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and finally Prince of Peace. What a majestic Savior we have.

 Each of these royal names helps me understand how the Lord can bring peace into my life.

Wonderful Counselor- The role of a counselor is to provide us wisdom.  We definitely have that in the Holy Spirit which Jesus promised us in John 14:16, “And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.”  It would be hard to count the number of times the Holy Spirit has guided through difficult situations and given me peace about it.

Mighty God- He is a mighty warrior who will protect us. It is important for me to remember this.  Rather than trying to take control of situations I need to turn it over to Him to handle.

Everlasting Father- The comfort and peace I get from this term is He is a father who is eternal.  I can always count on the Father to be there when I need Him.  I remember the sense of loss I felt when my father and father-in-law passed away.  Access to years of knowledge and advice were lost.  This won’t happen with our Heavenly Father who is everlasting.

Prince of Peace- The Reformation Study Bible states’ “His government brings divine peace to earth.”  Isaiah 9:7 goes on to explain how this will happen.

 It is hard to explain the comfort and peace I felt listening to this Scripture sung.  There was real power coming through each name for our majestic Savior.  It is the zeal of the Lord Almighty that will bring about the everlasting peace we all long for.

 

 Apply:  

Take some time today to meditate on all the names of Immanuel listed in this passage of Scripture.  Think about how each of them can give you peace.   If possible, find a source where you can listen to Isaiah 9:6-7 from Handel’s Messiah.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Our Lord, help us to find quiet peaceful times with you this week, when we can find the true peace of Christmas. In Your name, amen.

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Terry Schneider