For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
These are familiar words. Let’s define them. (See end of post for sources)
Wonderful: admirable, distinguished. Every time this word is used in scripture, it refers to the work of God.
Counselor: this is not just someone who gives advice, it’s someone who creates wise plans.
Mighty: this word refers to a “proven elite warrior.”
Everlasting Father: “father” means “originator” or “source”. Warren Wiersbe suggests that “Father of Eternity” would be a better translation.
Prince of Peace: The word “peace” included the concept of being complete or whole. When Jesus returns to rule the earth, he will bring worldwide peace, but in the meantime he established peace between God and man.
Isaiah foretold that the Messiah would be born as a human child, but he would also be God’s son. He looked ahead to Jesus’ kingdom on earth when Jesus will be the perfect ruler who brings peace.
I looked for other verses where Isaiah expressed the truths of Isaiah 9:6:
Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man shows him his counsel? (Isaiah 40:13)
The Lord will march forth like a mighty hero; he will come out like a warrior, full of fury. He will shout his battle cry and crush all his enemies. (Isaiah 42:13 NLT)
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. (Isaiah 40:21)
His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen! (Isaiah 9:7 NLT)
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3 NLT)
Today I am praying for a dear friend. Her situation is nothing I have ever experienced, and I have no idea how to pray for her. But as I read these verses, I realized that I do not have to be God’s counselor, spelling everything out for him. He is the everlasting rock my friend depends on, he is not faint or weary, he has Heaven’s Armies at his call, and he can give my friend perfect peace. I asked the Lord to be my friend’s Wonderful Counselor, her mighty God, her Everlasting Father and her Prince of Peace.
How did these verses encourage you or bring you comfort today?
Which name of Jesus will you use as you pray?
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