6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of government and peace there is no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.
Victor Ludlow points out in his book Isaiah: Prophet, Seer, and Poet that there are really 4 titles given at the end of verse 6:
- Wonderful Counselor
- Mighty God
- Everlasting Father
- Prince of Peace
As I pondered those four titles this morning, I considered the following questions about my relationship with God:
- Is He willing to reason with me and to give me good advice as I make hard decisions and as I struggle to understand difficult concepts? Am I in turn willing to share with Him my innermost thoughts and feelings and to seek His advice and counsel?
- Is He capable of helping me achieve my goals? Am I willing to align my goals with His, to accept difficult assignments from Him, and to act in faith, believing that He will help me to be successful?
- Does He love me individually, as a parent loves their child? Do I also love Him, and do I demonstrate that love by keeping His commandments and by loving His children (John 14:15, John 13:34-35)?
- Does He create order and stability out of chaos? As I align myself with Him, does my life also become more orderly and more peaceful?
What do these titles mean to you, and how do they strengthen your faith in God?