Devotional Passage: Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 1:32-33
Turn to Isaiah 9. Before you read this well-known passage, let’s make sure we’re good on the context. Isaiah was one of Israel’s most important prophets. Isaiah was God’s mouthpiece to warn God’s people that if they did not turn back to God, they would experience God’s judgment. But wrapped up in this pronouncement of coming dread was a hopeful promise of God’s faithfulness. That’s what we read in verses 6-7. Go ahead and read them now.
If you recall back to when Zechariah encountered the angel in the Temple, you’ll remember the an-gel’s announcement echoed God’s words in Isaiah 9. Isaiah 9:7 says of the predicted Messiah, “Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.” When the angel appeared to Zechariah, he said, “And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:32-33). Pretty cool, right? This is a very clear move on God’s part to clue in people that Jesus was God’s Son, promised centuries before His birth.
When we see prophecies fulfilled, it gives us confidence that God can accomplish His purposes. And so when we see in Isaiah 9 that the coming Messiah will be the Wonderful Counselor, we can trust that Jesus can meet the needs of our hearts. When we read that Jesus is the Mighty God, we can know that the one we serve is Lord over all things. When we read that Jesus is the Prince of Peace, we can trust Him to calm the turmoil in our lives.
Knowing exactly how the birth of Jesus was a part of God’s big-picture plan assures us. Which, when it comes to our faith and our lives, is a really big deal.
Think about this:
• Is there something going on in your life where you need to be assured of God’s ability to handle it? If so, now’s a good time to think about the truths of who Jesus is.
• Write a prayer to God, asking Him to remind you of who He is. Rest in the truth that He is in control of all things.