“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will be upon His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
(Isaiah 9:6, NASB)
Just think about that for a minute – for no other reason than “us,” a child was born. To no one else than “us”, a son was given – GIVEN! The word “given” implies a heartfelt transfer of something precious, with no thought of receiving something in return. It’s something you do just because you want to, right?
With Christmas decorations coming up as Halloween decorations come down (or even before), and with stores racing right past Thanksgiving, we tend to forget, or minimize the special significance of that holiday – a time to remember everything that God has done for us, personally and as a nation. Our focus should be to not let this happen to us at Christmas, too. While we anticipate, we should remember – remember that God sent His Son from heaven to earth to break sin’s grip on our lives and to show us the way. Why? Because He wanted to, to bring us back to Himself.
When we’re lost, He’s the Wonderful Counselor – without peer, exceptional, never giving bad advice. When we need his power, mercy and grace, He’s the Mighty God – ready to face life’s trials alongside, behind, and in front of, us. When we fear the future, He’s the Eternal Father – he’s been to our tomorrow, and He’ll be there when we arrive, caring for us through eternity. When we crave solace, He’s the Prince of Peace – His love takes us to a place of comfort, rest and encouragement that we would never find without Him.
So, as you stand in the long lines this Christmas – properly physically distanced, of course – looking for that special something to give to that special someone, know that the greatest gift ever has already been given. Cherish it – remember it – share it!