December 8, 2022

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 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. 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. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
- Isaiah 9.2-7 -
God promises that Jesus will always bring light to dark places. In John 1, we read that the light of Jesus can never be overcome by darkness. His light is stronger than any evil force or wicked plan. He promised to break the bonds that our spiritual enemy, Satan, used to keep us trapped and held down. He promised to release us from the prison of our own sin. He promised to be our Mighty God and Everlasting Father.

Isaiah 9 is one of the most famous passages of scripture associated with the Advent Season. It's a reminder of who Christ is and just how wonderful a Savior he proves himself to be.

Make this your prayer today: Jesus, give me wonderful counsel when I need guidance. Jesus show yourself to be mighty and strong in my life when I feel weak. Jesus, be the everlasting Father I need when I feel alone or abandoned. Jesus give me your peace in my heart, my mind, my family, and my home today. Amen.
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