Sharing Changed Lives - Day 3

Opening Prayer:

Lord, help me develop more zeal for you as I read through this Scripture.

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:

Today’s Old Testament prophecy is very familiar, and it was fulfilled with Christ’s coming to earth.  The fact that it was written 700 years before the Savior was born makes it even more special because it shows that God, our Father, keeps his Word.  How important to remember as we think about the gifts of Christmas that what he promises he will fulfill.  He can be believed and trusted.

When I got my first administrative position the Lord opened the door to working for a man we called “Chief”, whose word was as “good as gold.”  He was one of the last who believed if he told you he would do something he would.  There were no written memos; it was always with a hand shake. He outlined his expectations and gave employees the freedom to work within those parameters.  If I needed advice, he was right there to problem-solve with me, but he never dictated the solution for me.  He was good at making us “own” our own problems.  I always knew he would back me, as long as I was working within the guidelines he set for all of his administrators.  Because I knew I could count on him, it changed me from a timid first year administrator to one who tackled challenges confidently.

As it was with “Chief”, so it is with God.  This Scripture, written so many years before it came to fruition, proves that God’s Word is as “good as gold.”  God outlined his expectations in the Ten Commandments, as well as other rules and regulations found in the Pentateuch.  He provides us with a “Wonderful Counselor” in the Holy Spirit (John 14-16; Acts 1 and 2), a “Mighty God” who fights for us (Exodus 14:14), the “Everlasting Father” who is always present (Revelation 21 and 22), and last of all, he provides us with Peace through The Comforter- The Holy Spirit (Philippians 4:4-7).  Because we have a trustworthy God who is always there, we should be more confidently zealous to share the news about him.

Apply:

Meditate on this Scripture and think about the characteristics of the Savior/God listed in this passage.  How will knowing you have a Savior/God whose word is “as good as gold” give you confidence to face the day?

Closing Prayer:

God, because I know you are always there for me, help me step out as a more confident Christian for you.  In your name, amen.

Terry Schneider