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Sunday, December 06, 2015

Prayer for the Advent Season: Meditation on Isaiah 9:6

December 6, 2015.   Isaiah 9:6

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6 AV)


Our Precious Father in Heaven. We rejoice in your wonderful gift to your church on that first Christmas morning so many years ago. You gave us your most precious gift, Your only Begotton Son. The fairest treasure of Heaven, the Word and Wisdom of God, the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star. If we do not love Him, we are cold indeed of heart, and blind to the things of God.


How Wonderful He is. The more we meditate on His Person and Word, the more we are amazed and filled with Wonder.  The Son of God and the Son of Man. Truly God and Truly Man. He must be Man in order to bear the sins of the world; in order to fulfill all the requirements of your Holy Law and Suffer all that your Holy Justice required to put away sins and bring in everlasting righteousness.  True, eye did not see, nor had ear heard the things that You had prepared for Your people, but You have revealed them to us by the holy words that Your Holy Spirit as delivered unto us—the holy Scriptures.


Therefore, O Precious Father, we are completely safe when we trust in Him, for He is a most Wonderful Counsellor.  How foolish we are to walk in our own ways and trust our own hearts, for those that do that are fool indeed. You are the only safe guide of our feet and the happy counselor of our youth, through life, and even to old age.  How wonderful if the gift of Your Son, O Precious Father, for you have not left us to wander  in the darkness or try to see our way by the sparks that we kindle in our own minds How foolish we are; and Wise is He, or Lord and Savior.


For the One that you gave us is the Mighty God.  He not only died for sins, but He is the eternal God who can die for all Your people. He not only is wise, but He is powerfully wise. He does not make promises that He cannot keep. He truly gives rest to those who trust Him. He provides all the needs of those who trust Him.  He truly forgives all the sins of those who trust Him. He truly gives new life to those who trust Him. He is able to save to the uttermost to all those who trust in Him.


What a marvelous gift on that Christmas so many years ago. But there so much more that overwhelms our souls, for in Him we also find the everlasting Father. For His is one with the Father in Creation and providence, and everything that can be said about God as Father and Creator is also said of the Son. He said, “Have I been so long with you and yet hast thou not known me. He that has seen me hath seen the Father.” We look no where else for God except to the Son, for in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. All that the godhead is, Jesus of Nazareth is. He is our Lord and our God.


And He alone is the Prince of Peace.  We have no peace in our hearts until He reigns there. He said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” This promise was sealed with His blood, the blood of the New Testament. Therefore we can absolutely depend upon You. As you have promised we can let the peace of God rule our hearts and minds, because you have promised that we are in one body we are called to thanksgiving.  The peace of God passes understanding, and we must reject our own reasonings and cogitations for these leads to fears, and it this peace which passes understanding that keeps our hearts and minds.
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