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. – Isa. 9:6 NIV
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The devotion today is the second part of the devotion with the same title which highlighted the love and the intention of the Almighty God to restore man to his Garden of Eden state. In that devotion the advantage that the sacrifice by God on behalf of man, using the gift of a son as the sacrificial lamb, was highlighted with encouragement for all to take full advantage of this Grace, so that peace and comfort can return to human lives. The scripture notes that this gift of God to man will make all who receive it describe him as; wonderful counsellor, mighty God, everlasting father, the Prince of Peace. From the scripture above, it is clear that he will be described in that manner by those who would have accepted this gift of God for mankind. These people will not be members of his immediate family alone because although he will be born into the world like a child and a son, and will be cared for like any other child in a family, he will belong to mankind in general, particularly all those who have accepted his sacrifice and have opted to pattern their lives after his instructions by doing the Will of the Almighty God who is his father and our father – Matt. 12:50; 6:9; 7:21.
In that scripture also, we are clearly informed that he will shoulder a responsibility similar to that of a government. This implies that he will have people whose food, clothing, shelter and security, he will be responsible for. He will be so efficient in this task that all those who have chosen to subject themselves to the dictates of his government, having experienced the joy of being citizens of his kingdom will describe him as follows;
- A wonderful Counsellor. A Counsellor is someone who gives guidance on personal or psychological problems. The challenge of most people in life is taking appropriate decisions either in approaching a challenge of life or resolving issue to get out of very tight situations. Many have had their situations worsened because of decisions taken in such critical moments because the guidance fell short of what was required for that occasion. The prophet Isaiah stated that all those who take the decision to approach him for guidance at such occasions will not only see him as a Counsellor but will describe his counselling skills as wonderful. That means it will be seen as extremely good, or marvellous, admirable and inspiringly delightful. This is what you are missing that is probably accounting for all that confusion in your life. You have taken decisions based on either your own wisdom or the counselling skills of people who are not up to that role. Re-direct your approach to decision making by subjecting your entire life to his government and you too will definitely describe him in such glowing terms.
- A mighty God. Human beings generally are aware that there is a force more powerful than any source they have ever witnessed. This force is so massive that there is nothing beyond its ability and so they describe the force as a god. Every thing that seems to surpass human capability is deemed as a god except that amongst all these gods, there will always be the greatest of them all. In reality however, there should be only one god which is the god that surpasses all other forces whether human or spiritual. Any other god will be false as a true God should not only be powerful but should be able to do what no other can do. The minute there is a force that can do what the claimant to being God can do, then the claim to being god is lost – 1Kgs. 18:20-40. Isaiah says that the experience of those who subject themselves to this government, run by this of this gift of God to mankind, will make them describe him not just as god but a mighty god. What a great experience it would be for you if you can also accept to be under his government. As much as we know that he was born as a child to earthly parents, his activities in such lives will be such that no other can do and so will be deserving of him being called god in such lives. So what are you waiting for? You have access to the force that can do all things and overcome every force, and is a free gift of the Almighty God to mankind. Why continue to operate under oppression and bondage or even acknowledge creations that are not gods. All that is required is your free will decision and you too will start calling him mighty god.
- Everlasting Father. Again this is one great requirement for life that all people will acknowledge. That people need a father figure, whether biological or what the world has come to call god-father, to succeed in life cannot be over-emphasised. To have any or both is to have someone who is available at every point of need in your life, and is able to meet all the need for every moment such that there is no need bigger than his ability. Fathers of this world whether biological or god-fathers, no matter how much ability they seem to possess, and are willing to shower, will only do so for as long as they are alive but once dead, their ability disappears. So, as much as the fatherhood roles of these sources is desired or appreciated, it remains time bound but those who are subject of this government immediately have access to the services of a father whose role and services is available eternally.
- The Prince of Peace. The entire world no doubt is in need of peace because the turbulence all over the world is making peace very elusive. It seems practically impossible to have peace in the world (Jn. 16:33) but not when you are a subject of this government – Jn. 14:27. The kind of peace to be experienced will convince those who are beneficiaries of his act of governance that, indeed he holds the key to peace. To live a life of peace will be to live a tranquil life. Not because there is nothing to desire but because such life is subject to the instructions, guidance and counselling of this government in reference and he/she has complete trust in his ability to resolve all issues to his/her advantage.
The scripture did not refer to all the above events in a probability manner but the use of the word “will” indicates that it is assured for anyone who subjects him/her self to the leadership of this government. It may seem impossible but all that is impossible for men is possible for the Almighty God and it is His zeal that will accomplish it – Is. 9:7c. You too can live a life that testifies all the above. That is the life that all those who claim to have accepted this gift will manifest. Any standard below what has been stated above puts a huge question mark on the claim of anyone that he/she has accepted this gift of the Almighty God for mankind. It is free, so decide to have it today and your story will change. Retain the gift if you already have it and your life will always remain a positive testimony in Jesus name. Amen.