What if, all of the sudden, you had a glimpse into the future. And in that brief moment you were able to see not only major events that would take place on the world stage, but you could also see the path your life would take. Many of us say that we wish we knew the future. But do we really want to know those details?
The prophet Isaiah, living approximately 700 years before the birth of Christ, had such a glimpse. God’s people had gone through captivity at the hands of both the Midianites and the Assyrians and they had seemingly lost their hope in life. They were living in a state of despair and fear. Along came Isaiah, God’s appointed messenger to His people, and gave them this hope, the greatest hope of all.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned….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 increase 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. Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
You know, there have been times in my life when I have felt some of those same feelings of despair and fear. Not knowing what tomorrow holds can cause us all to experience those emotions, just like the Israelites did. God’s message to us in those times is the same message that He sent to His people hundreds of generations ago. The message of hope for us today is that this Wonderful Counselor came to be our source of wisdom; this Mighty God is our source of power; this Everlasting Father loves us unconditionally; and this Prince of Peace provides us peace that transcends our understanding.
The truth is, you or I may not be modern day Isaiah’s with foresight into tomorrow. But we can look back at the wonderful message of Christmas with gratitude for who Christ is and what He came to provide. And we can live today with the kind of faith that will give courage to our feet and move us forward into tomorrow with a sure hope and defining purpose.
May this Christmas season be a time when your heart is filled with wisdom, power, love and peace. In other words, filled with the very presence of the promised Savior.
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